King Troll (The Fawn)

4 Oct - 2 Nov 2024


A dystopian tale about the corrosive impact of state racism and the monster within two migrant sisters. 

Riya and Nikita navigate the increasingly authoritarian island where they live in wildly different ways. Insecure, stateless, both desperate for somewhere to call ‘home’. 

Riya is offered the chance to create an advocate in the form of a homunculus, or fawn, and sees a chance to elevate herself above the cruelty meted out to others. 

Nikita tries to keep her saviour complex in check as she negotiates the challenges and hypocrisy of the third sector, where she supports migrant teenagers. Her deep connection with one client forces her to confront the limitations of her work.  

King Troll is about the troll that lives within all of us - whispering ‘me, not us’, and definitely ‘me’ first.  

“Big, angry bear,  
Drags you by the hair,  
Rough, wet tongue, 
Licks you ‘til you cum.  
Sharp, curved claws, 
Tear your silky drawers,  
Smooth, arched back,  
Hear your spine go crack.” 

Quotes & Reviews

Reviews for Sonali and Milli’s previous collaboration, Chasing Hares at the Young Vic

★★★★★ 'The story seamlessly yokes the personal to the political [...] Between Bhattacharyya's forceful storytelling and Bhatia's steady hand at the helm…Chasing Hares is a convivial and enlightening night at the theatre, despite its heartbreaking conclusion.' The Telegraph

★★★★ 'Sonali Bhattacharyya's fast, witty script finds an original way to tell the global backstory of the zero-hours workforce, joining up the dots from child labour in West Bengal to unethical working conditions in Britain [...] Under the direction of Milli Bhatia, this production carries great currents of dread and intrigue.' The Guardian

★★★★ 'Pulls no punches' BroadwayWorld

★★★★ 'The way Sonali manages to mix comedy with thought-provoking and deeply affecting dialogue is a testament to her genius as a writer.' All That Dazzles

'Chasing Hares is a pacy, thrilling depiction of coercion and compromise...and it's all propelled by a tremendous production by Milli Bhatia' The Times

The Company


Writer - Sonali Bhattacharyya
Director - Milli Bhatia

A co-production between Kali Theatre and New Diorama Theatre. Co-commissioned by New Diorama Theatre.

About the Company

Kali Theatre develops and presents thought provoking, contemporary new plays by women of South Asian descent which reflect and comment on our lives today.  Established in 1991, their award-winning productions have earned rave reviews, sell out performances and inspired audiences throughout the UK and beyond. / @KaliTheatreUK

Cast & Creatives



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