Oldham Got Britain’s Got Bhangra – November 8-12

Winner of the ‘People’s Favourite Musical’ at the Offies 2010 and nominated for ‘Best Musical Production’ at the TMA awards, Britain’s got Bhangra arrives at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre on 8th Nov and plays until the 12th as part of an eight venue tour around the country this autumn and winter.

Britain's Got Bhangra 2011 photo by David Fisher

photo by David Fisher

We are very excited to be presenting a new version of Britain’s Got Bhangra to audiences. We have been working hard to make the show even bigger and better than last year. With the support of our co-producers Watford Palace Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre and the creative team we have redeveloped the show for 2011, cranking up the energy, entertainment, drama, humour, catchy songs and glitz.”

Writer and Director Pravesh Kumar, Rifco Arts

After a very successful debut last year – and a sell-out visit to The Lowry – Rifco Arts were approached by venues and producers to bring the show back for 2011. Work started in February this year to bring audiences a new version of the hit musical, with changes being made to the cast, music, set, costume and script.

The story follows Twinkle, a farmer’s son from Punjab, India who comes to England to make a better living for himself and his wife. A gifted singer, he goes from being a van driver to a star in the growing Bhangra music scene of the 80s. The imaginative musical set against the evolution of Bhangra music follows his personal journey of highs and lows over three decades.

Real life Bhangra star Shin of the group DCS reprises his role of Twinkle Singh; Natasha Jayetileke (The Lion King (Lyceum), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (New London)) plays the villain Shinde; Sohm Kapila (Coronation Street, Doctors, Silver Street) plays Twinkles devoted wife Jussi; Michael Taibi (Jekyll and Hyde (UK Tour), Annie Get your Gun (Young Vic), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep)) takes on the role of Rocky; Jason Denton plays the young Jason (Hot Stuff (Leicester Curve), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New London)) and Rifco Arts audience favourite Rina Fatania (Deranged Marriage, Bombay Dreams) returns.

The creative team behind the production includes, composer Sumeet Chopra who has written music for and collaborated with many Bhangra artists and Bollywood movies; lyricist Dougal Irvine whose award winning musical Departure Lounge has recently finished a successful run at Waterloo East Theatre and Bollywood Choreographer and Costume Designer Andy Kumar.

From the company who brought you hit shows such as The Deranged Marriage, There’s Something About Simmy and Where’s My Desi Soulmate; Rifco Arts’ ground-breaking musical is
guaranteed to get you up to the beat of the Dhol Drums!

Rifco Arts in co-production with Watford Palace Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre present the new remixed and remastered Britain’s Got Bhangra.

Bring the family and move to the rhythm and bhangra! This show is guaranteed to have you dancing in the aisles!

Conceived, Written and Directed by Pravesh Kumar
Music by Sumeet Chopra
Lyrics by Dougal Irvine

Cast:
Shin (Twinkle)
Natasha Jayetileke (Shinde)
Sohm Kaplia (Jussi)
Michael Taibi (Rocky)
Jason Denton (Jason)
Rakesh Boury (DJ Lovely)
Rina Fatania (Bibiji)
Alim Jayda (Presenter)
Davina Perera (Udita Screwala)
Keeza Farhan (Bling Singh)
Sheena Patel (Mrs Singh)

Britain’s Got Bhangra runs from 8 – 12 November 2011 at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.
Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on o161 624 2829 or online at www.coliseum.org.uk