MISS MEENA & THE MASALA QUEENS
Dazzling saris, grand Bollywood lip-sync dance numbers and queues of adoring fans – for Miss Meena this is all now a distant memory. The once famous and fabulous drag queen has lost his sparkle and like his nightclub is washed up and out of date. The punters have gone and whilst the other drag queens are strutting their high-heels elsewhere, property developers are circling like vultures waiting for Miss Meena to give up the lease to the club. With the club on its knees, a new arrival brings a glittery rainbow of hope. But just as things are starting to look up for Miss Meena, a visitor from the past makes him question everything he ever stood for.
A new piece inspired by the British Asian drag queen community, created in consultation with LGBTQ community, will uncover the untold stories of men who choose a female persona. Behind the sparkling costumes and big Bollywood style lip-sync dance numbers Miss Meena & the Masala Queens reveals a very human story about the meaning of family.
Ali Ariaie plays Kabir /Ranjeet. Previous theatre credits include Correspondence (Old Red Lion), Trust Me (The Dissent Ensemble) and Medea (The Actors Factory). Television credits include Raised By Wolves.
Harvey Dhadda plays Preetho. His recent performances include Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House) and Aladdin (QDOS Entertainment).
Raj Ghatak plays Miss Meena. His previous credits for Rifco include Airport 2000 .He is currently appearing in Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible) and his other theatre credits include Drones Baby Drones (Arcola Theatre), Hector (ATG), The Low Road, The Spiral, Free Outgoing, Shades/Unheard Voices (Royal Court Theatre), Free Outgoing (Traverse Theatre), The Bad, Sad and Broken Hearted, Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), Bombay Dreams (Apollo Theatre), Simply Cinderella (Curve), The Great Extension, High Heel Parrotfish, (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Hijra (Bush Theatre / West Yorkshire Playhouse), West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre). For television, his credits include Taboo, Dead Set, The 7.39 and Sinchronicity; and for film, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Starter for 10, Defrosted, Diary of a Thagee and Job’s Dinner.
Nicholas Prasad plays Shaan. His theatre credits include Treasure Island, The BFG, The Wind in The Willows (Birmingham Rep), Ross (Chichester Festival Theatre), A Mad World My Masters, Titus Andronicus (RSC), The Tempest (Tobacco Factory Theatre) and Mustard (Bristol Old Vic). For television, his credits include Drifters III and The Five.
Vedi Roy plays Pinky. His previous credits for Rifco include Laila the Musical. Other recent theatre credits include The Quite Remarkable Tales of the Owl and the Pussycat (Belgrade Theatre), The Hunting of the Snark (Sherman Theatre / Hong Kong tour), Soldier (Mermaid Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Remix (Leicester Square Theatre).
Jamie Zubairi plays Munni. For theatre, his recent credits include The Letter (Wyndham’s Theatre), Other People’s Shoes (Barbican Plymouth), Burmese Days (Aya Theatre). His television credits include Cuckoo, Grange Hill and Cucumber; and for film, Tides and Project Alcatraz.
‘Harvey Virdi's script with its sprinkling of Punjabi rings true and Pravesh Kumar's direction echoes this... Its strength is that the story and its characters are universal.’ **** What's On Stage on Happy Birthday Sunita
- Show Times
Tue – Sat 8pm, Thu 2.30pm, Sat 3.00pm
- Ticket prices
Tickets from £15
Gold Members and above: 4-4-2 offer only on first night or 4 concession rate tickets Monday – Saturday matinee;
Silver Members: 2-4-1 offer or £5 off tickets only on first night or two concession rate tickets Monday – Saturday matinee.
Age guidance 14+, contains adult themes
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WHAT'S ON IN:
- February 2017
- March 2017
- April 2017
- 08THE QUO EXPERIENCE
- 09I REMEMBER YOU! AN INTIMATE AUDIENCE WITH THE LEGENDARY FRANK IFIELD & FRIENDS
- 10-13NOEL AND GERTIE
- 14MARTY WILDE
- 15THE RAT PACK IS BACK
- 16CHRIS DEAN'S SYD LAWRENCE ORCHESTRA
- 17-20STRICTLY MURDER
- 22HELLO AGAIN, NEIL DIAMOND
- 23SOMEONE LIKE YOU, THE ADELE SONG BOOK
- 24-27THE SOUND OF MURDER
- 28PRINCE REVELATION
- 30-03MISS MEENA & THE MASALA QUEENS
- June 2017
- July 2017
- August 2017
- 29-07SLEEPING BEAUTY