Friday, 11 April 2008

Meet the Mukherjees - Casting News

Meet the Mukherjees is a witty and exhilarating new romantic comedy, which proves that love may conquer all but your in-laws!

‘You have met a boy – yes? Your mother found him naked in your wardrobe.’
‘You heard about that?’
‘Every last detail; down to the boy’s birth mark.’

The Octagon Theatre continues its 40th Anniversary Season by presenting the World Premiere of Meet the Mukherjees by Tanika Gupta, the multi-award winning playwright whose work has been staged on radio, television, and throughout the UK.

Mark Babych, the Octagon’s Artistic Director comments: “I’m delighted that we are presenting the fourth world premiere of our 40th anniversary season. It’s a treat to work on new plays and I’ve enjoyed developing the play with Tanika. There is a real sense of fun and purpose about the writing, great characters, an interesting subject matter and a vibrant and confident theatricality that will delight our audience.”

At thirty, Anita is a successful solicitor living with her friend in a flat and enjoying her life as a single woman. She is under pressure from her mother to get married who thinks her daughter is past her sell by date.

When they meet for the first time Aaron falls head over heels for her but Anita isn’t interested in him due to his reputation as a ladies-man. However, Aaron is persistent and the couple fall for each other. As their relationship deepens they begin to plan a future together; But Anita and Aaron have to face reality and introduce their parents to each other. Facing opposition to their union, will the couple survive the test?

The cast includes Wyllie Longmore, a patron of the Octagon’s 40th Anniversary Season, who was nominated for an MEN Theatre Award, 2005, as Best Actor in a Leading Role in I Just Stopped By To See The Man, Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi and Pooja Ghai, who both appeared in Rafta, Rafta in the recent National Theatre tour. Ayesha Gwilt, Anni Domingo, Mark Springer, Keeley Forsyth and Nicholas Khan complete the cast.

Tanika Gupta’s work has been staged extensively for theatre, radio and television. For television she has written for EastEnders, Grange Hill, Flight, A Suitable Boy, Crossroads, The Bill, London Bridge and All About Me. She has won many awards, and has been nominated for Olivier and EMMA Awards, and was the winner of The John Whiting Award for Best New Play for The Waiting Room.


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