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Red Dust Road- HOME, Manchester

Writer: Jackie Kay Adaptor: Tanika Gupta Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The life of poet Jackie Kay (Sasha Frost) has strong dramatic potential. Illegitimate, Gay, of mixed race and adopted by a Scots Communist couple Kay endures a wide variety of racist and homophobic abuse. Yet the journey to trace her birth parents does not provide the cathartic relief ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Harold Brighouse Adaptor: Tanika Gupta Director: Atri Banerjee Reviewer: May Mellstrom Harold Brighouse’s 1916 classic comedy Hobson’s Choice, set in a Salford cobbler’s shop in 1880, last graced the stage of the Royal Exchange in 2003, mere months before playwright Tanika Gupta’s adaptation, featuring a present-day family of Ugandan Asian tailor’s, premiered at the Young Vic Theatre in London.  ...

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The Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Marina Lewycka Adaptor: Tanika Gupta Director: Mark Babych Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson The world premiere of Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Marina Lewycka’s novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, has much to recommend it. Even before the start, Patrick Connellan’s set whets the appetite for the play to come, with The Heron’s large open stage filled ...

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Anita and Me – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Meera Syal Adaptation: Tanika Gupta Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Anita and Me is the story of the friendship between the well-educated daughter of an Indian family and a troubled white girl who can’t wait to leave school. It’s also a story about being the only Indian family in a white community, and growing up in a West ...

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Anita and Me – The Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Meera Syal, adapted by Tanika Gupta Music: Tarek Merchant Director: Roxana Silbert Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Sue Collier On entering the Alhambra prior to this evening’s performance of Anita and Me, we were greeted by a delightful demonstration of energetic Bhangra dancing in the foyer. Meera Syal’s 1997 semi-autobiographical debut novel is set in Tollington, a fictional 1970s Black ...

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Anita and Me – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Aasiya Shah as Meena and Therese Collins and Mrs Worrall

Writer: Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Clare White Following a sell-out run at Birmingham REP in 2015, Anita and Me returns for a 2017 spring tour, premiering at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. The popular semi-autobiographical novel by Wolverhampton-born writer and actress Meera Syal was made into a film in 2002 and is now ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Dramaturg and Lyricist: Tanika Gupta Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty   There are two massive things to review here with the new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe. The first is the play itself, and the second is the statement of intent from new Artistic Director Emma Rice. With lighting rigs, sound systems ...

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Anita And Me – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: James Garrington There are many well-known plays based around life in cities around the country: London, Liverpool, Glasgow… but the Black Country? You can probably count them on the fingers of one hand. Well, Anita And Me adds one to the list – and what an addition ...

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