GET set for love, comedy and sensational Bollywood dancing in a new show at the Oxford Playhouse.
Bring on the Bollywood, where new and old collide, takes a love story inspired by real life, filters it through classical comedies from Goldsmith to Shakespeare and infuses it with all the energy of a great Bollywood musical.
Join Katrina, the headstrong heroine, as she returns to her parents’ home to attend her brother’s wedding. Here she finds a meddling mother, a line of suitors and, possibly, true love.
Bring on the Bollywood takes to the Playhouse stage from August 15 to 19.
With a dynamic cast of celebrated British Asian performers and young rising stars, the comedic musical of East meets West is set to bring the explosive colour, vibrancy and beauty of classic Bollywood to the stage.
The fiery heroine Dr Katrina Pawar is played by newcomer Nisha Aaliya, who was selected from hundreds of hopefuls and was discovered in the unlikeliest of circumstances.
Director Samir Bhamra said: “Andrew Lloyd Webber has rightly slammed the lack of diversity in musical theatre but, for me, the lack of opportunities for young British Asian performers goes much deeper.
“I discovered our perfect heroine, Nisha, by chance when she attended our auditions as a choreographic assistant. By urging her to audition herself, we have unearthed an exceptional acting talent.
“However, like the majority of young South Asian performers, her only outlets for professional showcasing have been the Bollywood dance competitions. Without clearly defined pathways, formal training, and a diversity of roles, such talents can surely only rely on the chance few musicals that focus on Asian culture for a route into the West End.”
Anthony Sahota – a finalist on Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine, which aired on BBC One, will play the part of Katrina’s mischievous, betrothed brother.
Tickets from £11.50, are available from oxfordplayhouse.com