A Perfect Ganesh is a seductive comedy about two middle-aged suburban women, who travel to India, and discover the unexpected. ‘Prim’ Margaret Civil and ‘Outspoken’ Katherine Brynne abandon their annual vacation ritual and purchase a holiday package to India.
Both women have secret dreams of “the fabled land of the exotic” and are looking for spiritual comfort to alleviate the suffering they hide within. Set during the early 1990s, before India’s economic liberalization took hold, the women discover that the environment of the country; its heat, poverty, culture and philosophy challenges them to examine their own lives and confront unresolved issues from their past. The trip also provides an opportunity for them to face up to their differences and explore their friendship. Enter, Ganesh, the elephant headed Hindu god, remover of obstacles, who appears in many guises and becomes the centre around which this poignant and humorous tale revolves.
A Perfect Ganesh has not been produced in the United Kingdom for several years and this wonderful play mixes powerful Indian mythology to tackle issues such as class, racism and homophobia, through its splendid poetry and captivating imagery. The play was originally produced as part of the 1993-94 Season at New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, where it was enthusiastically received, by critics and audiences alike. The play was nominated for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize.
Directed by Samir Bhamra, A Perfect Ganesh features a cast of four actors; two females to play Margaret and Katherine respectively and two males, who play, Ganesh and a character called Man, both of whom enact several personalities in the tale. A Perfect Ganesh has been made possible by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited. This production was developed during an Artist’s residency with Leicester Theatre Trust.
Tickets for this magical theatre production are £10 (£8) and is suitable for age 12+ Book now on 0121 333 2444 or online www.the-drum.org.uk.
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