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HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan

Dipti Mehta (New York) | Presented with Diwali in BC

Oct 20 – Nov 4, 2017 | Vancity Culture Lab [map link]

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HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan is a testament to the humanity and lives of sex workers; a mother’s plea for her daughter’s life and her honour; a story of the struggles of an unlikely family. See Mumbai’s red light district — the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother and daughter who call it home — come to life through the versatile and award-winning performance of Dipti Mehta. When Rani, who was born and brought up in the Mumbai Brothel, falls in love she stirs up the ire of the community. What does her future hold? Will she escape her fate?

The draw: “Memoirs of a Geisha” meets “Slumdog Millionaire”

Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan, is ambitious, smart, and a masterclass in character work” — Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight

Dipti Mehta is, as well as a scientist and a social activist, a very fine storyteller” — Jo Ledingham, joledingham.ca

Juxtaposing the mythic and mundane, slapstick and pathos, classic and pop – all in the person of a single incandescent performer – Honour brings home the innate dignity of the human condition in all eras and places” — Lincoln Kaye, Vancouver Observer

Dipti Mehta’s one-woman show could hardly be described as dark or pessimistic. While some may find parts of the dialogue less than comfortable, Mehta handles the grim aspects with courage and sensitivity”— John Jane, Review Vancouver

“It was always giving voice to people living in unfortunate circumstances. Over time it has become more than just a theatre show. It’s become almost a calling for me, and a movement to make a difference” — Dipti Mehta, in interview with The Vancouver Sun

“★★★★★ Beautiful and devastating” — Time Out New York

“Masterful” — India.com

“Dipti is an amazing performer and a rising star in the world of Indian diaspora and Bollywood” — Rohit Chokhani, Artistic Director of Diwali in BC

“Deeply moving and truthful characterization of a subject that can rip the heart out of a human being” — Stuart Perrin, author of Little Sisters

“Honour’s rendition of the many perspectives on the sex trade and the women in it was both concise and engrossing” — Ninotchka Rosca, author, journalist and human rights activist, AF3IRM NY Chapter

“Dipti is a one-woman force, actively speaking to the deep implications of the sex trade across multiple relationships, generations and nations” — Carey Lovelace, Artistic Director of “Loose Change Productions”


Oct 20, 8PM: Opening Night
Oct 21, 24 – 28, 31, 8PM
Oct 22, 2PM
Oct 29, 7PM
Nov 1 – 4, 8PM

Running Time:
70 minutes, no intermission

Written and performed by: Dipti Mehta
Directed by: Mark Cirnigliaro
Touring Agent / Producer: Rohit Chokhani

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