Anita and Me – Cheltenham Everyman REVIEW



You grow with Meena and her family as they move to Tollington and face all the struggles of day to day life as an Indian family in the 1970s. She meets Anita, town rascal and cool kid on the block, they soon bond over their love of fish fingers, top of the pops, Jackie magazine, and of course, David Cassidy. Now Meena is thrust between her new best friend who introduces exciting new western cultures and her loving family who are keen for her to stay true to her morals. Feisty and strong willed, Meena has to face her ba

The play delicately addresses the issue of racial segregation within the community in a way that is often handled much more forwardly. It is woven throughout but does not steal the limelight from the tale of Meena and her world, the tones and themes are perfectly balanced by the director Roxana Silbert.

The six stop national tour features an incredible spinning set which despite mostly showing the never ending lanes outside the Kumar house, can easily adapt itself with minimal changes to become a believable sweet shop, dining room and riverside.

Along with the scenery, it is the costumes, syntax and music that clearly portray exactly what era you’ve been transported to when you take your seat. But these all come second to the endless references thoughtfully shoehorned in to the piece, from Cathy and Claire agony aunts to Jason King investigator extraordinaire.

Original compositions from the Ringham brother

From the adorable jam tart making lady next door and village fairs to gang violence and domestic abuse, the performance drags you in all different directions making for a rollercoaster of emotions that leaves you smiling.

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