Collector of Tears
A Mandala Young Company production, 2017.
- Written by sean burn
- Directed by Yasmin Sidhwa
- Acted by members of Mandala Young Company
“The show was wonderful – epic in scale, incredibly moving and brilliantly portrayed by the stonkingly talented cast.”
Collector of Tears is an epic love story for our times. Tanya is an outcast, hunted by those who misunderstand her, unable to age until she has cried, she must collect the tears of others in glass bottles down through the centuries – and through her stories bear witness to the pain and suffering of people, until the day when she finally stands up to be counted. And learns how to cry.
Adapted from the original play by sean burn, the play was performed to a sell-out audience in June 2017 during Oxford’s Offbeat Festival by a cast of ten young actors, aged 17-25, many from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, who use physical theatre to comment on the world they have inherited.
In July 2017, Mandala took the show to Rencontre du Jeune Théatre Européen, Grenoble where it received a standing ovation. “Meeting people from all over the globe and bonding over a love and passion for theatre was a really special experience. It shows that the art of theatre transcends borders and language barriers, and can bring anyone together.” Read what one young participant had to say about taking part in this international festival.
Here’s what audience members said about the show:
“Awesome! Beyond expectation. Such an abundance of talent – very moved – the whole company should be very proud indeed.”
“Very impressive, full of passion. The play reflected current issues.”
“Incredibly powerful performance, extremely talented cast, well choreographed, hard hitting.”