UK Tour of Anita And Me Announced
Our 2015 production of Anita And Me will be heading out on a UK tour this Spring. Starring Shobna Gulati as Daljit, this new tour of Anita And Me, opens at the Wolverhampton Grand on 14 February 2017, and then tours until April. Adapted by multi award-winning Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal and directed by Roxana Silbert, Anita And Me will play Wolverhampton, Cheltenham, Blackpool, Nottingham, Bradford and Edinburgh.
Joining Shobna on stage will be Laura Aramayo as Anita, Sam Cole as Sam Lowbridge, Therese Collins as Mrs Worrall, Rina Fatania as Namina, Rebekah Hinds as Mrs Ormerod / Deidre, Sejal Keshwala as Aunty Shaila / Fortune Teller, Megan McCormick as Tracey / Sandy, Robert Mountford as Shyam, Tom Oakley as Ned / Bazza, Humera Syed as Pinky, Aasiya Shah as Meena, Aaron Virdee as Uncle Amman / Mr Bhatra, and Claire Worboys as Mrs Lowbridge.
The professional company will perform alongside eight actors drawn from the local community, with auditions taking place in individual venues. Lighting design is by Chahine Yavroyan, original music and sound Design by Ben and Max Ringham, original choreography by Ann Yee and set and costume design is by Bob Bailey.
Anita And Me is a poignant coming-of-age tale that 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.
Meera Syal said, “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!”
The tour of Anita And Me is presented by the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and will visit the following theatres:
Wolverhampton Grand Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 February
Cheltenham Everyman Tuesday 28 February – Saturday 4 March
Blackpool Grand Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 March
Theatre Royal Nottingham Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 March
Alhambra Theatre Bradford Tuesday 21 – Saturday 24 March
Kings Theatre Edinburgh Tuesday 28 March – Saturday 1 April