By John Witzenfeld
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A barrister caught in other people’s expectations

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Issue 2349

My Daughter’s Trial is an absorbing and fast moving new play, written by a barrister, Jabine Chaudri.

It deals with the competing pressures on women at work, in their family and the experience of immigrants.

In London, it is performed in the atmospheric former Westminster County Court.    

It features Parveen, an ambitious young Muslim barrister, played by Goldy Notay. She will do anything to keep her clients out of prison. 

Parveen as a barrister is assertive, self assured and dogged. 

Yet at home she struggles with other people’s expectations of what is good for her. 

Meanwhile in the background her father is planning to bring a young man over from Pakistan for her to marry.

Parveen also has to decide what is best for her mentally ill mother. To her this even includes having her sectioned against her family’s wishes.

As Parveen juggles her professional and personal responsibilities, the action switches back and forth between courtroom battle and domestic turmoil. 

The set may work less well in the family scenes. But it does mean that the audience sits in the court space alongside the actors,  watching the defendant and the lawyers. 

The audience has to judge who is really on trial. And unluckily for Parveen her barrister opponent turns out to be a former lover. 

Her dilemmas emphasise the difficult position that some immigrants find themselves in— particularly young professional women. 

 It held my attention as a legal fight and overall I found the play compelling and unusual, with some fine acting.

My Daughter’s Trial
Written by Jabine Chaudri  Southampton 19-20 April
London 22-25 April
Leicester 26-27 April
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