Thu 29th Oct - Sat 21st Nov 2015
'Mandeep Dhillon is a delight as young Meena as is Roxana Gilbert's production that finds a lovely balance between the politically pointed look-back-with-edginess dimension and the golden good-humour of the writing.'
This poignant coming-of-age tale follows Meena, the irreverent teenage daughter of the only Punjabi family in the mining village of Tollington. When she becomes friends with the impossibly feisty Anita, she thinks she’s found her soul mate but her world is turned upside down and she finds herself caught between her two cultures.
Adapted from the much-loved novel by the award-winning playwright, Tanika Gupta and with especially composed music by the Ringham brothers, Anita And Me paints a colourful portrait of village life in 1970’s West Midlands during the era of flares, power cuts and glam rock.
This well-known piece has been updated for the stage by multi-award-winning Tanika Gupta who brought you, Gladiator Games (2005), Wah! Wah! Girls (2012) and Love n Stuff (2013).
Original book by MEERA SYAL
Adapted for the stage by TANIKA GUPTA
Original music by BEN AND MAX RINGHAM
Lyrics by TANIKA GUPTA
Director ROXANA SILBERT
Set and Costume Designer BOB BAILEY
Lighting Designer CHAHINE YAVROYAN
Composers and Sound Designers BEN AND MAX RINGHAM
Movement Director ANN YEE
Assistant Director DANIEL BAILEY
Assistant Movement Director SARA GREEN
Voice and Dialect Coach ZABARJAD SALAM/MARY HOWLAND
Musical Director TAREK MERCHANT
Casting Director POLLY JERROLD
Fight Director TERRY KING
JALLEH ALIZADEH Anita
AMY BOOTH-STEEL Mrs Ormerod
AMEET CHANA Shyam
JANICE CONNOLLY Mrs Worrall
AYESHA DHARKER Daljit
MANDEEP DHILLON Meena
JOSEPH DRAKE Sam
KIREN JOGI Aunty Shaila
MEGAN MCCORMICK Tracey
TAREK MERCHANT Ned
CHRIS NAYAK Uncle Amman
YASMIN WILDE Nanima
Community Cast Volunteer Opportunity This
Autumn For World Premiere At Theatre Royal Stratford East
Birmingham Repertory Theatre are looking for volunteers for a community company to support the professional cast by appearing as supernumeraries in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of Meera Syal’s Anita and Me, adapted by Tanika Gupta and directed by Artistic Director Roxana Silbert.
Adapted from the much-loved novel by the award-winning playwright Tanika Gupta and with especially composed music by the Ringham brothers, Anita And Me paints a colourful portrait of village life in 1970’s West Midlands during the era of flares, power cuts and glam rock.
The overall dates of the show commitment are Thursday 29th October-Saturday 21st November. You will only be required to rehearse on the Friday 23rd- Saturday 24th October and the tech rehearsal on Wednesday 28th October.
During show period of Thursday 29th October-Saturday 21st November we will use a rota system so you will not be expected to commit to the entire run. As much availability as you can offer will be welcomed.
To be part of the company you must be 16+.
Please note these are unnamed, non-speaking roles and are voluntary unpaid opportunities. We will be able to make a small contribution towards travel expenses incurred in appearing in performances. Whilst we are interested to hear from anyone local who would enjoy this opportunity, we are also looking specifically for people who match the following descriptions:
- Young men and women (16-30 yrs)
- Women of 40 years and older
Please register your interest by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Stratford East”.
We will be running an informal workshop for anyone interested at the end of August.
Signed - Saturday 14 November - 7.30pm
Captioned - Friday 13 November - 7.30pm
Audio - Saturday 14 November - 3pm (Touch tour from 2pm)
Post show Q&A is the 17th Nov after the show.
This will include Tanika Gupta plus cast. Host to be announced shortly.