Nimet Kanji stars in Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black, onstage Dec. 5 to 15 at Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordoba Street, Vancouver, BC
The lives of an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them. Poetic, mythic, and brave, Anosh Irani’s 2006 multiple Dora Award-winning Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India. Funny, violent, humane, and directed by Mumbai-born, Jessie and Fringe award-winning Indo Canadian producer Rohit Chokhani. In this re-imagination, it is for the first time the play is being presented from the perspective of the blind man. An early version of this production won the Pick of the Fringe award at Vancouver Fringe Festival 2017 and had a sold-out run after the first show wowed audiences with its unique vision. It was picked by the Georgia Straight amongst the 20 best shows on Vancouver stages in 2017 and was also one of the runners-up for the Georgia Straight Critics’ Pick award for Vancouver Fringe festival in 2017.
Other Awards / Accolades for the 2017 Production:
- Top 5 shows at the Fringe picked by Global News TV
- Top 7 show at the Fringe picked by Vancouver Sun
- Top 7 show at the Fringe picked by Vancouver Province
- Top 10 show at the Fringe picked by Vancouver presents
- Picked by Vancouver Courier for a show to watch as a part of fall arts preview
- Top shows at the Fringe pick by East Van picks
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Born in Nairobi, Kenya Nimet began acting on stage with the local theatre company. She emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1989 where she continued to work on stage. Nimet began her career in film and TV in 2001 and has had the pleasure of working with John Edward Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Kevin Sorbo (Paradox) and John Cusack (Martian Child) amongst others.