Former Dinnerladies and Corrie star, Shobna Gulati, is to lead a new UK tour of Meera Syal’s funny, afffectionate, family drama, Anita & Me next year.
The Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-production will open at the Wolverhampton Grand in February and tour until April.
Anita & Me is adapted by multi award-winning Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal and will be directed by Roxana Silbert.
The professional company will perform alongside eight actors drawn from the local community, with auditions taking place in individual venues.
This poignant coming-of-age tale (read Stage Review’s four-star verdict of the 2015 production bit.ly/1Si9C2j) 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!”
UK tour dates 2017
February 14-18, WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND February 28-March 4, CHELTENHAM EVERYMAN March 7-11, BLACKPOOL GRAND March 14-18,THEATRE ROYAL NOTTINGHAM March 21-24, ALHAMBRA THEATRE BRADFORD March 28-April 1, KINGS THEATRE EDINBURGH