Anita and Me
Running time: 2 hours 30 mins
The Touring Consortium Theatre Company presents a Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company production
By Meera Syal. Adapted by Tanika Gupta
★★★★ Hilarious The Independent
★★★★ Very funny The Birmingham Mail
★★★★ Funny and moving – a bostin’ production What’s On
Meera Syal’s much-loved novel bursts into life on a UK tour after a sell-out run at Birmingham Rep and Stratford East in 2015.
This poignant coming-of-age tale follows Meena, a young girl growing up in the only Punjabi family in a 1970s Black Country mining village. Meena spends her days happily getting into scrapes with the other local children until one day the impossibly cool Anita enters her life. Suddenly Meena knows exactly who she wants to be but is Anita all that she seems? Soon Meena’s world is turned upside down as she is caught between two very different cultures.
Anita And Me paints a comic, poignant, compassionate and colourful portrait of village life in the era of flares, power cuts, glam rock, decimalisation and Ted Heath. It has been adapted for the stage by the multi-award-winning Tanika Gupta from the bestseling book by Meera Syal. Meera is an acclaimed comedian, actress and writer whose TV credits include the BBC comedy series Goodness, Gracious Me and The Kumars at No. 42.
With Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, dinnerladies) as Daljit.
“I’m delighted that Anita and Me is touring the UK. It is amazing to think of so many people engaging in this story - particularly young people, who like me as a child, may be wondering how they fit in!” Meera Syal
Director Roxana Silbert
Set/Costume Designer Bob Bailey
Lighting Chahine Yavroyan
Composer/Sound Designer Ben and Max Ringham
Original Choreography Ann Yee
Contains some strong language