August 12 - ‘Rafta Rafta’ is a comedy that revolves around a newly-wed couple and their meddlesome families. Atul Dutt and his bride Lisa Lim are short of cash and have to live with the Dutts, a stereotypical Indian family headed by a whisky-loving, bhangra-dancing, pompous father (Eeshwar), and a sarcastic mother (Lopa). The beleaguered couple also has to deal with the incessant intrusions of Lisa’s parents, Peter Lim, who can’t stand the idea of being separated from his daughter, and Laura Lim, who can’t keep her nose out of her daughter’s affairs, particularly those pertaining to the bedroom. Will this marriage survive the onslaught of the personal dysfunctionalities being hurled at it and have a happy ending?
The play, written by British-Indian Ayub Khan-Din, won the Laurence Olivier award for Best New Comedy 2008. HuM Theatre first performed ‘Rafta Rafta’ in Singapore in May 2010 where it was critically acclaimed and well received. The play has been brought to Chennai with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board.
HuM Theatre is an integral part of the arts and theatre scene of Singapore, and is designed to bring an Indian twist to content and form using multi-racial casts and playing to multi-racial audiences. Its mission is storytelling in an entertaining style.
HuM Theatre (Singapore)
Venue: Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall
Time: 7.15 p.m.
Directed by: Dinkar Jani
Playwright: Ayub Khan-Din
Duration: 120 minutes
Dinkar Jani says: ‘Rafta Rafta’ offers us one fundamental truth — that we are all so flawed at the individual level that social dysfunctionalities pale in the light of our own.
Subin Subaiah, Daisy Irani, Shabir, Gerald Chew, Debra Teng, Glory Ngim, Vineet Kumar, Amit Joshi, Rishi Budhrani and Sharul Channa
Stage Manager: Amit Joshi
Assistant Stage Manager: S Mohan