LOVE N STUFF
AFTER HUGE SELL OUT RUN IN 2013 AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT TANIKA GUPTA’S HILARIOUS SMASH HIT COMEDY RETURNS TO MAIN STAGE FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED RUN
PRESS NIGHT: Tuesday 7th June at 8pm
Award-winning writer Tanika Gupta returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East to debut her hilarious and uplifting new comedy Love N Stuff on the Main Stage - three years after its first successful run in the Studio. Love N Stuff audience favourite Rina Fatania returns to play the role of Bindi and will be joined by new lead Nicholas Khan in the role of Mansoor. This funny, fast-paced and engaging show sees two actors playing a breath-taking twenty characters and is set to have audiences laughing-out loud. Directed and designed by Kerry Michael (Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East) the show will run from Friday 3 June until Saturday 25 June.
Bindi and Mansoor have been happily married for thirty three years, but out of the blue, Mansoor clams he is tired of London, has packed his bags and vows to return to India. Bindi however is determined to stay put and has assembled a whole host of friends and neighbours in an attempt to convince her husband to change his mind. Love N Stuff is a touching story looking at the hopes and disappointments of the East London couple as well as exploring their marriage, family history, friendships and their past and future.
Kerry Michael, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East said: “I am delighted that we are working again with award winning Tanika Gupta on this delightful comedy to bring it to the Main Stage. In the space of an hour-Rina Fatania and Nicholas Khan do a magnificent job playing 20 characters with absolute flair and entertainment. Audiences will find it hard to resist this dynamic, loveable Stratford based couple.”
The show features Rina Fatania, Mrs Peachum in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh Theatre Company UK & International tour), Mummyji in Mummyji Presents (Birmingham Rep – The Door), Genie of the Ring in Aladdin (De Montford Hall, Leicester), Bindi in Love N Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Firoza in The Empress (RSC, The Swan Theatre), Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington (HackneyEmpire), Bindi/ Sameena Bibi in Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells, Theatre Royal Stratford East, UK Tour), The Queen of the Empire in Cinderella (Hackney Empire), Abdul/ Mother in Guantanamo Boy (Brolly Productions), Bibiji in Britain’s Got Bhangra (UK Tour) and Nicholas Khan (The Beaux’ Stratagem & Dara (National Theatre), The Kite Runner (UK tour Nottingham Playhouse), Aladdin (Bournemouth Pavilion), Voyager (Arcola Theatre), A Few Man Fridays (Riverside Studios), The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (Liverpool Playhouse), Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth (The Globe Theatre), Ramayana (Lyric Hammersmith/Bristol Old Vic) and Gaddafi (A Living Myth- ENO). Music will be composed by London based musician and composer Niraj Chag who also worked on the British Asian musical Baiju Bawra at Theatre Royal Stratford East Theatre in 2002.
Kerry Michael has been the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Stratford East since 2004. During this time the theatre has been nominated for numerous Olivier Awards including Kerry’s production of Cinderella-the first pantomime ever to be nominated in the award’s history with other nominations including You Me Bum Bum Train and the remount of Oh What A Lovely War. His most recent directing credits include the John Adams opera I Was Looking At the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (a co-production with the Barbican Centre); Cosh Omar’s Battle of Green Lanes and The Great Extension; The Harder They Come, Ray Davies’ Come Dancing; and the world premiere of Takeaway, the first British Chinese musical of that scale, and most recently the highly successful Christmas pantomime Robin Hood which had great reviews and broke Box Office records. Kerry will undertake a third season of Home Theatre in Brazil in the run up to the 2016 Olympic Games which will be followed by New Mexico and the West Bank in 2017.
After graduating from Oxford University, Tanika Gupta MBE worked as a community worker and in an Asian women’s refuge before becoming a full-time writer. She has written extensively for theatre and also for radio and television drama. Her work at Theatre Royal Stratford East includes Anita and Me, Gladiator Games and Wah! Wah!Girls -A British Bollywood Musical. Other Theatre work includes The Empress (Royal Shakespeare Company); Mindwalking (Bandbazi Theatre); Great Expectations (Watford Palace Theatre/English Touring Theatre) White Boy (National Youth Theatre at Soho Theatre) Sugar Mummies (Royal Court Theatre) and The Waiting Room (National Theatre). Her work for the BBC includes Doctors, London Bridge, All About Me, EastEnders and Grange Hill. Tanika was nominated for an Outstanding Achievement Olivier Award for Fragile Lane and adaption of Hobson’s Choice. In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Drama. She is currently the Dramaturg and lyricist for the Globe Theatre's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' which runs until September 2016. Tanika has recently been elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.
Tanika Gupta said: “Inspired by the play ‘Stones in their Pockets’ this laugh-out-loud production weaves together a cacophony of East End characters, eccentric neighbours and friends: a Northern gymnast, an Olympic refugee, a hippy masseuse, a football dad, and countless passers-by who get caught up in the drama. Love n Stuff is a heartfelt and hilarious play about love and what we call ‘home’.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Press Night: Tuesday 7th June 2016 at 8pm.
Running time: approximately 1 hours 10 minutes (no interval interval)
Twitter handle @stratfordeast
Love N Stuff will run from 3 June -25 June.
Previews 3 and 4 June
Sat mats: 4pm.
Sat Eves £12-£21.50
Access performances: Captioned performance: Friday 17 June, 8pm. Signed Fri 24 June, 8pm. Audio Sat 25 June, 4pm.
To book tickets call the Box Office on 020 8534 0310, visit www.stratfordeast.com or book in person at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN. No booking fee is charged.
Please note: this show contains very occasional swear words.
CAST AND CREATIVE
Written by Tanika Gupta
Directed and Designed by Kerry Michael
Original Music by Niraj Chag
ABOUT THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST
A People’s Theatre
This famous producing theatre, located in the heart of London’s East End on the edge of the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, prides itself on creating world class work that reflects the concerns, hopes and dreams of its community. A prolific developer of new work, this award-winning theatre attracts artists and audiences often not represented in other venues. Through a continuous loop it inspires and is inspired by its vibrant, young and diverse audience.
Theatre Royal Stratford East achieved 86% capacity last year, the theatre, known as a people’s theatre, encourages and celebrates its diverse audiences, by putting on shows that speak directly to them. Highlights include, Open Stage, where the theatre offered the public to help programme their season in a public consultation and engagement project, Home Theatre, which saw 30 one-person tailored plays performed in 30 different homes across London and Stratford East Singers, the theatres community choir, open for all to join which featured on BBC’s The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone.
Theatre Royal Stratford East is committed to supporting the development of exciting new voices and to putting bold new work on its stage. As part of this, the venue’s bi-annual Angelic Tales New Writing Festival features rehearsed readings by more than twenty emerging writers and has led to work going on to become full main stage productions. New writing recently staged by Theatre Royal Stratford East includes Sevan K Greene’s The House of In Between, Roy Williams’ Antigone and Kingston 14, Somalia Seaton’s Crowning Glory, Tanika Gupta’s Love N Stuff, Rikki Beadle Blair’s Gutted and Cora Bissett’s Olivier-award winning Roadkill.