The Tricycle Theatre and Richard Jordan Productions present A Why Not Theatre production: A BRIMFUL OF ASHA – Written and performed by Ravi and Asha Jain. Directed by Ravi Jain, Set Design by Julie Fox, Lighting and Video Design by Beth Kates (Playground Studios)
“You don’t get to choose any member of your family. Why do you need to choose your wife?” Asha Jain
In this hilarious show from Ravi Jain, the director of Complicite Creative Learning’s Like Mother, Like Daughter, real life mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain share the stage to tell this true story of generational and cultural clash.
Ravi recently took time out to answer some questions about the show:
Having been on a world tour including sell-out runs in the US – how do you keep the show fresh?
The show’s freshness comes from the fact that my mother is not an actor. Each show is a little bit different based on our mood – and whether she remembers her lines! There is also a lot of improvising that we do, to keep each other on our toes and it keeps the show alive and fresh!
What is at the heart of A Brimful Of Asha?
At the heart of the show is love. Both me and my mother love each other and want the best for each other. Each wants the other to be very happy. We however disagree on how one should achieve said happiness. She wants me to get married, I want her to get a puppy. Our disagreements stem from two main differences, we are of two different generations and of two different cultures – though my mother has lived in Canada longer than she has in India. What I love about the show is that you see us duke it out as we normally do and realize that all families are the same.
Mother and son working together – every day – this wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea – what makes it work for you?
We try and have as much fun as possible. It’s hard sometimes being on the road, as my mother is in her 60s and likes things a certain way – so I just have to make sure she’s got all the things she needs. In the end though, we do get along quite well. London is great though because my brother lives here and he has a daughter – so my mother loves spending time with her.
Why should everyone get along to see A Brimful Of Asha?
The show is a lot of fun. I think people will be surprised to hear both sides of our story and realise that my mother actually has a point. It’s an amazing experience for me to see an audience respond to my mother, people often say she reminds them of their own mum. It’s a wonderful night out, and hey, we serve you samosas when you arrive! so it’s well worth it!
When Ravi takes a trip to India, his parents decide it is the perfect time to introduce him to potential brides. Ravi is not sold on the idea of getting married — at least not yet — but Asha fears that time is running out. A Brimful of Asha comes to the UK following a world tour, which has included sell-out runs in theatres across North America.
Ravi Jain is a multi-award-winning actor, director, producer, educator, arts-activist and Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre. His acting credits include the Dora Award-winning SPENT (Theatre Smith-Gilmour/Why Not Theatre/TheatreRUN) and A Brimful of Asha (Why Not Theatre/Tarragon). He was the 2010 Urjo Kareda Resident Artist at Tarragon when he began to develop A Brimful of Asha. His company was in residence at the Theatre Centre when he developed I’m So Close (winner of Spotlight Award at SummerWorks 2009, and toured to Dublin and Vancouver). His directing credits for Why Not include The Prince Hamlet, I’m So Close, A Brimful of Asha, Greenland (winner of NOW Audience Choice Award and Best Production SummerWorks ’09), Iceland (winner of NOW Audience Choice Award and Best New Play SummerWorks ’12). Currently, he is among 12 resident artists at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts and was a member of the DiverseCity Fellows program, which aims to diversify leadership across sectors in Toronto. He is engaged in many different arts organizations and creations across the city and the globe, including the programming committee for the Daniels Spectrum as well as the Artist Advisory Committee for ArtReach Toronto. He was recently awarded the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award and is the Artistic Director-in-Residence at the Theatre Centre for 2013.
Asha Jain grew up in New Delhi, India. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree, she married in 1974, which led to her immigration to Canada. While supporting her husband Ramesh in the founding of his own business, she raised two boys, Anurag and Ravi, as well as becoming an accomplished comedic actor.
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sat mat at 3pm
Tickets: £14 – £20 (£12 – £18 conc)
Suitable for ages 14+
8th to 19th September, 2015
Saturday 5th September 2015