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Poster image from the 2021 production of Vanara at the Hackney Empire


By Michael Conley, Gianluca Cucchiara & Andrew Whelan*

Based on an original concept by Tony Cucchiara

Produced by Giovanna Romagnoli & Gianluca Cucchiara


Vanara tells an ancient story that mirrors today’s real world challenges of division, strife and a desire for power to divide us; differences that set us against one another. A story where differences are overcome by a life force invisible and inexplicable; where humans from different tribes are ultimately brought together through the strength and courage of their children.

A story where we are connected with the world around us, and the sharing of fire is the only way to survive.
In an age when the secret of fire was the difference between life and death.


In a world where the bond between humans and nature was sacred, two young lovers are drawn together in a timeless story of passion and sacrifice told in a language both lyrical and visceral.

In our version, star-crossed lovers Ayla and Mohr belong to different tribes, divided by the possession of fire. The Kogallisks have it. The Panas want it.

*Michael stepped away from the project in 2023 but wishes the producers and creative team all the luck in the world and he can't wait to see what's next for Vanara.

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