Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy

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An important inspiring story of heroism that was left out of the history books.

Did you know that Indians played a vital part in the allied victory of WW2? Did you know that an Indian princess fought the Nazis?

Meet NOOR INAYAT KHAN, Sufi Royalty turned British spy, thorn in Hitler's side & the Gestapo’s worst nightmare.

Now cornered by the Nazis with nothing with death assured to her. In her final moments, she will remind us who she is, why she matters and why she will always be in part of history. She fought alongside her enemy, the British to fight a greater threat – the evisceration of life as we know it.

The Nazis never forgot her name and after tonight's show, you won't either.

Indian-Thai actress and writer Almanya Narula makes her Los Angeles stage debut as Noor Inayat Khan. A thrilling imagining of the last 30 minutes of her life before execution by Nazis, her final choices will change the outcome of a war we thought we knew everything about.
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A brief background on Noor Inayat Khan
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In 1943, Noor Inayat Khan, former children’s book author, Sufi singer, and direct descendant of the Indian Emporer Tipu Sultan became the first woman and Indian to be sent out as a spy & wireless operator under Churchill’s orders in Nazi France.

The average life span for a wireless operator in the field was six weeks. Despite Noor’s entire network being sabotaged by the Nazis, and the fact that she was seemingly the last person to be trusted for the job, her tenacity and will to fight for the greater good allowed her to keep going for months without getting caught by the Gestapo.

Her work in the field saved many lives that were very instrumental to D-Day.

Alas after betrayal by a double agent, Noor was caught and kept in Avenue Foch for questioning. Noor never broke.

But after several escape attempts Noor was forced to sign a document to either declare that she was staying put or be subject to ‘Nacht und Nebel’ (Night and Fog) – disappearance without a trace by sending the captive to a concentration camp.

The decision rested on Noor: Sacrifice her short life for the sake of many or give in to the powers that be.

In the end, Noor was a pacifist who fought savagely, a clumsy klutz who managed to climb building after building, a Sufi whit a “no lying code” who lied constantly, and an artist who braved torture.

Fighting for the right thing does the darndest things to people. Or does fulfilling one’s purpose bring out who one truly is?

Learn More at broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/NOOR-INAYAT-KHAN-THE-FORGOTTEN-SPY-Premieres-At-The-Hollywood-Fringe-Festival-20220517

Reviews

Almaya presented a powerful performance of a well-crafted story of heroism, personal strength, and connection to people, both unknown and family. She was able to weave a story using historical events, personal details of the character’s life and cultural tales in a manner that was seamless and true to her story. Her performance was engaging and even brought in some humor to keep the audience’s attention and move the flow of the piece along. It was a memorable show.

sweet - Kenneth Noll


Actress/Playwright Almanya Narula’s choice of subject matter shows a keen sense of what is both the dramatic and commercial. Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy is a tale of espionage, taken from the annals of World War II, that involves the antithesis of the iconic James Bond.

sweet - Ernest Kearney- The TVolution - ...read full review


Actress/Playwright Almanya Narula’s choice of subject matter shows a keen sense of what is both the dramatic and commercial. Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy is a tale of espionage, taken from the annals of World War II, that involves the antithesis of the iconic James Bond.

sweet - Ernest Kearney- The TVolution - ...read full review


Actress/Playwright Almanya Narula’s choice of subject matter shows a keen sense of what is both the dramatic and commercial. Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy is a tale of espionage, taken from the annals of World War II, that involves the antithesis of the iconic James Bond.

sweet - Ernest Kearney- The TVolution - ...read full review


Actress/Playwright Almanya Narula’s choice of subject matter shows a keen sense of what is both the dramatic and commercial. Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy is a tale of espionage, taken from the annals of World War II, that involves the antithesis of the iconic James Bond.

sweet - Ernest Kearney- The TVolution - ...read full review


Almaya presented a powerful performance of a well-crafted story of heroism, personal strength, and connection to people, both unknown and family. She was able to weave a story using historical events, personal details of the character’s life and cultural tales in a manner that was seamless and true to her story. Her performance was engaging and even brought in some humor to keep the audience’s attention and move the flow of the piece along. It was a memorable show.

sweet - Kenneth Noll