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Shobna Gulati to Play Daljit in Meera Syal's Black Country Drama Opening at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Shobna GulatiThe Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre are pleased to announce that Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinner Ladies) will star as ‘Daljit’ in the new tour of Anita And Me, opening at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on 14 February 2017, and touring the UK until April.

Anita And Me is adapted by multi award-winning Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal, directed by Roxana Silbert and designed by Liz Ashcroft, with original music by the Ringham Brothers. The professional company will perform alongside eight actors drawn from the local community, with auditions taking place in individual venues. Further casting is to be announced.

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.

This coming-of-age tale 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.

Lighting design is by Chahine Yavroyan, sound Design by Ben and Max Ringham, original choreography by Ann Yee, Set and costume design is by Bob Bailey.

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!”

Created by producer Jenny King, The Touring Consortium Theatre Company celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2016, producing both highly successful tours of A Tale of Two Cities and Of Mice and Men.

Jenny King said, “The company was created in 1996 in response to a need expressed by chief executives of several of the UKs leading touring venues for quality text based drama that reached out to new, young audiences as well as sustaining the interest of core theatre goers.  Since its creation we have produced over twenty-five productions and played to over a million people, involving some 25,000 young people in our workshops and creative learning programmes.”

Tickets for Anita And Me from 14 – 18 February 2017 are now on sale from the Grand Theatre Box Office, online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk or by calling 01902 429212.

Last modified on Friday, 11 November 2016 16:01

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