February 20th – March 1st, 2015

playing at Centaur Theatre

a Theatre Direct Production

by Emil Sher, with choreography by Lata Pada, directed by Lynda Hill


For ages 4 and up

When Ajji presents her granddaughter with a beautiful traditional outfit to wear for her 12th birthday, Anjali is stuck. Fearing mockery from her friends, she rejects the outfit as well as her aluminum tiffin lunch carrier as “too Indian.”Beneath The Banyan Tree explores the immigration experience of a young girl who has recently moved to Canada from India. We witness Anjali’s struggle to adjust to her new life and her efforts to “fit in.” We also witness how newfound friendship, family, and the power and richness of her culture provide her with the strength to be herself. At the heart of the story are the themes of identity, cultural tradition, and cultural pride.

Theatre Direct’s acclaimed production of Beneath the Banyan Tree comes to Montreal in 2015 as part of a special 10th anniversary tour.