Written and directed by Kashyap Raja
Returning to London after a sold-out run-in Poetry Café in 2019, Kashyap Raja’s play Letters comes to the Network Theatre for another short run in March 2022. In this theatre piece, Raja creates a world that is devoid of the transitory nature of instant messaging and brings back the nostalgic era of writing letters.
Josh and Mary are friends. Josh lives in London and Mary, in Argentina. They meet for a brief period in London and promise to write letters to each other and to never use Facebook, Instagram or Emails. Whilst they are apart, Josh gets fired from his job and travels to India and Mary falls in love with an Irish man. Their bond grows stronger as they share the most intrinsic details of their lives through letters. An unexpected event in Mary’s life challenges the virtue of their friendship and makes them question what they really mean for each other.
The play is an attempt to bring back the nostalgic era of writing letters in a world that is addicted to instant gratification.
It also reminds us that some connections are so pure that they have the power to transcend time and distance.