Motherland Post-Show Discussion

CPT are delighted to host a very special post-performance discussion with three brilliant friends of ours- Benaifer Bhandari who is Director of Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre, performance artist Vijay Patel and Motherland’s very own Jo Tyabji.

“What are the critical conversations for British and diaspora Asians in 2019? How do we centre those conversations in mainstream culture?”

We’re going to be looking at these questions with these brilliant panellists.

This panel discussion will take place shortly after the performance of Motherland on Fri 29th Nov and this event is free to anyone who purchases a ticket for this performance. For more information about Motherland, please click here.

[Running time of discussion: 25-30 mins.]

A bit about our panellists…

Benaifer Bhandari is CEO of Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre – a loving neighbour of CPT. She leads a team of front-line workers who tackle isolation amongst hard to reach BAME women in Camden and neighbouring boroughs as well as supporting welfare inequalities, domestic violence abuse and other essential services to BAME women in London. She has a background in women’s health and was Director of Accreditation for La Leche League – the world’s largest women’s health charity. For many years Benaifer was one of only a handful of women of colour with the charity in GB and has worked – and at times fought – hard to change this wherever she has worked and believes strongly in reaching out to BAME women where they are, rather than wasting time making the current space accessible.


Vijay Patel is a performance artist based in London. He crosses forms from live art, performance art and queer club/cabaret. The work he makes predominantly surrounds cultural identity, making autobiographical/political work which relates to the current state we live in.

His debut solo show, Pull the Trigger, premiered at SPILL National Platform (2016), went on to Camden People’s Theatre Sprint festival 2017 and toured in Autumn 2018 (Camden People’s Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre, Norwich Arts Centre). He is currently touring his second solo show, Sometimes I Leave, in Autumn 2019 (Ovalhouse, The Marlborough Brighton, Colchester Arts Centre). The show explores his experience with Asperger’s syndrome, the problematic ‘curing’ of neurodivergence and how he might leave a space. For more info visit:




Jo Tyabji is co-artistic director of ivo theatre, associate at Milk Presents, & performs as drag persona Joé de Vivre (Somerset House, Hackney Showroom, Resistance Gallery, Cocoa Butter Club, CPT, Bush Theatre & Sitara Studios). She founded the Insert Name Here creative group for LGBTQ teens at Platform Youth Arts Hub, & led Kiln Theatre’s work with Mosaic LGBTQ youth group. Jo also co-produced OUTRAGEOUS!, Mumbai’s first queer performance night, with Vikrant Dhote, for which she commissioned & mentored new work by queer Indian artists. In 2018 Vikrant and Jo brought OUTRAGEOUS! to London, commissioning a further 10 LGBTQIA British and diaspora Asian artists and packing out Hackney Showroom. Directing credits in 2019 include What’s Far Is Near, a groundbreaking performance over Skype between London and Beirut, and My Name Is My Own, both for the Southbank Centre.