NEW PRODUCTION. RADA FESTIVAL June 30th to July 8th 2017 UNTOUCHABLE by Peter Oswald directed by Kathryn Hunter


At school, he wasn’t allowed to sit on the chairs. He had to sit on the ground on a sack. He was forbidden from drinking the water meant for the children. The teacher would beat the others, but throw stones at him. Why? He was an Untouchable, any contact with him and his fellow caste-less people meant contamination, pollution, to be avoided at all cost. n Untouchable child. A child who, against incredible odds grew up to become free India’s first Law minister and architect of the Indian constitution. A man who became the leader that opposed Gandhi, and who went to extraordinary lengths to free his people from the shackles of oppression.

This is the story of Dr. Bimrao Ambedkar, born an “Untouchable” who led his people towards liberation: A story that provokes us to ask: Why we, despite the struggle of great men and women, continue to oppress one another? What can we do to change? How do we respond when we witness oppression?

Written by Peter Oswald
Directed by Kathryn Hunter
Assistant Director: Ragga Dahl Johansen
Artistic Associate: Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts)

Compose and musician: Mrityunjoy

BSL Interpreter: Katie Fenwick
Cast: Kali Chandrasegaram; Gavi Singh Chera; Harry Gostelow; Adam Karim; Nadia Nadarajah; Neerja Naik; Irfan Shamji; Julia Tarnoky

Kathryn Hunter
Actress and director. RADA graduate.

There will be a post-show Q&A following the performance on Wed 5 July.

There will be a pre-show at 6pm on Thu 6 July with:
Kathryn Hunter, Director
Peter Oswald, Writer
Jatinder Verma, Artistic Associate
Ciaran Maguire, Chief Executive Officer, The Karuna Trust

Performances on Wed 5, Thu 6, Sat 8 will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted and are suitable for both D/deaf and hearing audiences.

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My book, Sonnets of Various Sizes, around 60 sonnets written over thirty-two years, is published by Shearsman Books

DANTE AND BEATRICE. This play devised by The Abyss and written by P.Oswald, will now be directed by Mia Theil Have of Riotous Company. We are extremely excited to be working with Mia. We are discussing with Dartington Hall, ways of developing the play there. 

In June I received a Travelling Scholarship from the Society of Authors, who commented - 'Peter Oswald's subtle, layered story-telling and dazzling use of language marks him out.' And 'The astonishing Peter Oswald deserves to be much better known. He immediately plunges the reader into a parallel and dark reality entirely his own.' The assessors were: Richard Davenport-Hines, Maura Dooley, Christopher Potter, Sameer Rahim and Jane Ridely. They based their judgement mostly on my story-poems Three Folktales and Weyland.  Weyland is available from Oberon Books, and Three Folktales is available through

SCHERZO FOR PIANO AND STICK, by Riotous Company, has had a very successful run at the Print Room Oct.17-20 2016 - THE STAGE described the text as - 'Peter Oswald's deceptively simple, mesmeric verse'.