Meera Syal’s much-loved novel bursts onto the stage for the very first time.

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 specially 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.

“I am so thrilled that Anita And Me is being developed and premiered at The REP”
Meera Syal



“Funny and moving – a Bostin’ production”
What’s On

“Very funny”
Birmingham Mail

“Uplifting, humorous and poignant, Anita And Me is a beautifully staged production”
Broadway World

“The show has a communal zest that connects directly with its Birmingham audience”
The Guardian

“This show has a sizeable heart”
The Stage

“An entertaining show”
The Times

“Bob Bailey’s set design and costumes work well”
What’s On Stage

“A finely crafted piece of theatre”
Express & Star

“A feel-good hit”
Lichfield Live

“The energy and shared enjoyment across the cast is palpable … a production that races along from start to finish”
Love Midlands Theatre

“Another quality production from Birmingham Rep”
Behind The Arras

“A good night out that plays well to a Birmingham audience”
The Birmingham Press

British Theatre Guide

“An enjoyable performance to the finish…incredibly relevant to modern day Britain”

“Warm hearted … moves energetically along”
Reviews Gate

“An excellent cast”
Remote Goat

“The whole cast exudes energy and fun”
Bum On A Seat

Weekend Notes

“Warm and uplifting”
Burn FM

“A production of which the Birmingham Rep can be proud in premiering”
Bromsgrove Standard

Audience Reactions

Behind The Scenes Interviews

Meera Syal (Writer)

Meera Syal (Writer) and Mandeep Dhillon (Meena)

Mandeep Dhillion (Meena)

Ameet Chana (Shyam) and Ayesha Dharker (Daljit)

Roxana Silbert (Artistic Director) and Tanika Gupta (Adaptor)


Jalleh Alizadeh Anita
Amy Booth-Steel Mrs Ormerod / Deidre
Ameet Chana Shyam
Janice Connolly Mrs Worrall
Ayesha Dharker Daljit
Mandeep Dhillon Meena
Joseph Drake Sam
Kiren Jogi Aunty Shaila / Fortune Teller
Megan McCormick Tracey / Sandy
Tarek Merchant Ned / Bazzer
Chris Nayak Uncle Amman / Mr Bhatra
Yasmin Wilde Nanima / Mrs Lowbridge


Original book by Meera Syal
Adapted for the stage by Tanika Gupta
Original music by Ben and Max Ringham
Lyrics by Tanika Gupta

Roxana Silbert Director
Bob Bailey Set and Costume Designer
Chahine Yavroyan Lighting Designer
Ben and Max Ringham Composers and Sound Designers
Ann Yee Movement Director
Daniel Bailey Assistant Director
Sara Green Assistant Movement Director
Zabarjad Salam/Mary Howland Voice and Dialect Coach
Tarek Merchant Musical Director
Polly Jerrold Casting Director
Terry King Fight Director

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  • The HOUSE is The REP’s largest auditorium, seating over 800 people. Wheelchair seating is available at the front and midway up on Row L.

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