Miss Meena & the Masala Queens World Premiere


Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre in association with Warwick Arts Centre present the world première of Miss Meena & the Masala Queens, written by Harvey Virdi….reports Asian Lite News

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Miss Meena & the Masala Queens

Miss Meena & the Masala Queens opens at Watford Palace Theatre on 5 May 2017 before touring to Warwick Arts Centre (Coventry), Greenwich Theatre (London), Theatre Royal Windsor, NST Campus (Southampton) and West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds).

This new play 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. The story follows Miss Meena, a once famous drag queen who’s career has washed up and is struggling to keep his nightclub open. Behind the sparkling costumes and big Bollywood style lip-sync dance numbers Miss Meena & the Masala Queens will reveal a very human story about the meaning of family. 

Pravesh Kumar, Artistic Director, Rifco on the production said that he always planned Rifco would tour a play that puts LGBTQ issues at the centre of the story.

“As a Britain Asian theatre-maker, it’s always been really important to me that we continue to tell untold stories and give unrepresented voices a platform and make work that provokes as well as entertains”, he added.

The cast includes Raj Ghatak as Miss Meena, Ali Ariaie as Kabir and Ranjeet, Harvey Dhadda as Preetho, Nicholas Prasad as Shaan, Jamie Zubairi as Munni and following Laila The Musical, Vedi Roy returns to the Rifco stage as Pinky.

The play is written by Harvey Virdi, directed by Pravesh Kumar, design is by Libby Watson, lighting design is by Mike Robertson, composer, sound and video designer is Niraj Chag and movement director and drag stylist is Andy Kumar who is better known as VJ Andy.

Over the last 17 years Rifco has won a reputation for attracting a British Asian audience to regional theatres. The work is vibrant, entertaining and ambitious, and reflects and celebrates contemporary British Asian culture, society and experiences. The company is inspired by untold stories and under-represented voices, but most of all tells stories about a universal theme – the family. Rifco has been a resident theatre company at Watford Palace Theatre since 2011, creatively working together to bring audiences relevant and engaging stories. Co-productions include Laila The Musical, The Deranged Marriage, Happy Birthday Sunita, Britain’s Got Bhangra (People’s Favourite Musical – OFFIES 2011), Break The Floorboards (Best Live Event – Asian Media Awards 2013), British Asian Festival and MummyJi Presents.

Website: www.rifcoarts.com/shows/miss-meena-the-masala-queens





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