Bombay Black

Magical Music-Theatre

We are thrilled to be working with playwright Anosh Irani in the opera adaptation of his award-winning play Bombay Black.

The lives of an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them.

Poetic, mythic and brave, Indo-Canadian Anosh Irani’s multiple Dora Award-winning and Canadian Governor General nominated play Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India. Funny, violent, humane, it is a powerful story of vengeance, betrayal, and seduction. Irani has a wonderful theatrical sensibility and gift for bringing together magical fables and the gritty reality of Indian street life.

The play is the story of Apsara, who lives in Bombay with her mother, making a living by selling erotic dances to wealthy men. When a blind man named Kamal arrives for an appointment, the complex and brutal past of the three characters slowly rises to the surface.

Bombay Black is rooted in remarkable poetic text and bold theatrical imagery, resulting in a compelling work by one of Canada's leading playwriting voices. 

Aiming for its World Premiere in 2026/27