Thirteen year-old, Nasreen is being dragged back to the family home by her mum, Saheeda, to attend a wedding. The petulant teenager is annoyed at being separated from her friends and her mobile phone, not to mention being far away from her comfort zone so continues to bait and irritate her mother.
But thanks to the mystical powers of henna, and a little bit of help from the wagging tongues of the Aunties, Grannies and neighbours, Nasreen discovers some unexpected truths about her mother’s past. Skipping back and forth across time and between two cultures, four actresses create a bustling, colourful world bursting with music and celebration.
Based on true life stories, Handful of Henna explores the mystical and healing powers of henna, which is used traditionally in celebrations, body adornment, and as an antidote to ward of evil spirits and nightmares. With warm humour and moving drama, Handful of Henna reveals how mother and daughter’s fractious relationship is cemented by this cooling and soothing plant.
Based in Manchester, Rasa produce exiting and heart-warming drama that unites both South Asian and Western theatre. (Credits include: Curry Tales, Shades of Brown), whilst Oxfordshire Theatre Company has been specialising in touring high quality theatre to rural areas.
Handful of Henna opens at Watermans on January 28 before going on a national tour until 28 March at various venues around the UK. www.rasatheatre.co.uk
For the three performances at Watermans, our very own henna artist, Riffat will work her mehndi magic on your hands using hundred per cent natural henna weaving designs that will look simply sensational. Riffat will be available before the show, so do arrive early. For more information visit www.riffat.co.uk
Thurs 28 – Sat 30 Jan @7.45pm
Press Night Thurs 28 Jan @ 7.45pm + experience a handful of henna
Tickets: Thurs £8 (£6 advance)
Fri & Sat £10 (£8 advance)
Box Office: 020 8232 1010
40 High Street
Brentford TW8 ODS