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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre have announced that Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinner Ladies) will star as 'Daljit' in the new tour of ANITA AND ME, opening at the Wolverhampton Grand on 14 February 2017, and touring the UK until April. Adapted by multi award-winning Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal, directed by Roxana Silbert, with original music by the Ringham Brothers, ANITA AND ME will play Wolverhampton, Cheltenham, Blackpool, Nottingham, Bradford and Edinburgh. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below!

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 Hindsas '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, sound Design by Ben and Max Ringham, original choreography by Ann Yee, Set and costume design is by Bob Bailey.

This poignant 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.

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.

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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Shobna Gulati, Sejal Keshwala, Humera Syed, Aasiya Shah and Sam Cole

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah and Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah and as Meena

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah and Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah and Laura Aramayo

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah and Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah and as Meena

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah and company

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah and company

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah and Laura Aramayo

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Aasiya Shah as Meena

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Bob Bailey and Neale Birch

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
The cast of ANITA AND ME

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
The cast of ANITA AND ME

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
The cast of ANITA AND ME

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Claire Worboys and Therese Collins

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Claire Worboys

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Dan Bailey, associate director

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Dan Bailey and Aaron Virdee

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Humera Syed

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Laura Aramayo and Aasiya Shah

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Laura Aramayo, Megan McCormick, Shobna Gulati and Claire Worboys

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Laura Aramayo and Megan McCormick

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Megan McCormick and Aaron Virdee

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Megan McCormick and Dan Bailey

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Neale Birch and Bob Bailey

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Robert Mountford

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Rebekah Hinds, Therese Collins and Aasiya Shah

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Rebekah Hinds and Therese Collins

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Robert Mountford as Shyam

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Robert Mountford

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Sam Cole as Sam

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Shobna Gulati as Daljit

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Shobna Gulati, Aasiya Shah, and Robert Mountford

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Shobna Gulati and Sejal Keshwala

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for the UK Tour of ANITA AND ME
Shobna Gulati




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