Brimful of Asha [Melbourne]
Saturday October 12, 2019 - 1:00 PM
The Coopers Malthouse, Beckett Theatre
The Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St
Melbourne, Victoria 3006
Marc Ethan & Harriet Devlin Dunbar
Language/ Cultural Consultant:
About the Show
PRESENTED BY MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
In this ring it’s son versus mum. We don’t like his odds.
Ravi’s parents rolled with the punches when they learned he wanted to be—gasp!—an entertainer. But unmarried at 27? This will not stand. Canadian actor, writer and director Ravi Jain’s A Brimful of Asha is the hilarious true story of a man whose Indian-born parents want only the best for him, whatever his thoughts on the matter. Derailing his work, arranging prospective brides and exposing their son to unending bouts of humiliation are all just part of their job description. What’s worse: even Ravi’s spotlight isn’t safe from his mother Asha’s meddling. Aided by copious tea and samosas, mother and son take to the stage to spar over the supposed failure that is his life, delivering their respective takes on marriage and freedom, tradition and modernity. Stuffed full of humour and insight, this is the kind of battle only a deep love and affection can afford, and while Asha might not be the trained performer her son is, she’s a force of nature that will not be denied.