Watermans presents “Boiled Beans on Toast” – Comic Drama by Primetime Theatre

Watermans is delighted to present the UK Premiere of Boiled Beans on Toast, a new hit show by Primetime Theatre Company, one of India’s best known companies working in English language theatre and a regular at the venue.

Written by the award winning contemporary playwright, screenwriter, director and actor, Girish Karnad, Boiled Beans on Toast is a sharp and witty observation of Indians living in a modern world. Set in Bangalore, the story follows the intertwining lives of six people and is an insightful slice-of-life portrayal of different classes of Indians co-existing under one roof.

Performed in English, the characters include a grand-mother who discovers a passion for horse racing; a not very bright maid who learns to answer back; a bored-housewife who fulfils herself by undertaking charity work – all life is there in this searing saga of a modern metropolis.

Boiled Beans on Toast is a brilliant contemporary Chekovian comic drama, examining aspects of a changing India. It premiered on Sunday 20th April 2014 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai and then toured India receiving rave reviews.

"Boiled Beans on Toast" - Comic Drama

“Boiled Beans on Toast” – Comic Drama

The title, is actual the name of the city, Bangalore which is the Anglised version of the Kannada – ‘Bengaluru’ – and is reputed to originate from an apocryphal story of a 12th century Hoysala King, Vira Ballala, who during a hunting expedition lost his way. After wandering, he reached the hut of an old woman, who offered the hungry King some cooked boiled beans and a glass of water. In recognition of the hospitality, he named the place Benda Kaal Ooru (Town of Boiled Beans), which then became ‘Bengaluru’.

Primetime Theatre Company was set up in 1991 by Lillete Dubey, an acclaimed actress of theatre, film and television. In the UK, audiences will know her as ‘Mrs Kapoor’ in the forthcoming The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, where she plays, “Sonny” (Dev Patel’s) mother. However she has appeared in over forty Bollywood and international films including; Monsoon Wedding; Zubaida, Baghbhan and the original The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to name a few. She will also be in the forthcoming Channel 4 Raj serial, Indian Summers.

As Artistic Director of Primetime Theatre Company, she has directed over 28 productions and several of them have been presented at Watermans, London.

Lillete Dubey says of Boiled Beans on Toast:

‘Girish Karnad’s plays of the last decade are brilliantly sharp, tongue in cheek observations of a contemporary India, infused with an empathetic understanding of the foibles of human nature.

Boiled beans on Toast is a deceptively simple play, that in a non linear narrative, lays bare the aspirations and hopes of a large mass of Indians today, but also subtly explores several modern themes such as urban migration, environmental concerns, consumerism etc, all laced with a great deal of warmth and humour.

As a director, I find it challenging to bring out the subtle nuances of his work, and feel excited and privileged to premiere a play that will remain a mirror of our times for years to come.’

The cast features the best talent from Indian stage and screen — Joy Sengupta, Meenal Patel, Deepika Amin, Avantika Akerkar, Maneesh Verma, Swati Das, Avnish Mehra & Gillian Pinto.

The show premiered in India to critical acclaim.

A delightful combination of humour and insight…a very contemporary play that is both powerful and poignant..echoes the pangs and emotions, aspirations and hopes, of all those who are trying to survive in a cosmopolitan metropolis!‘ – Times of India

Staged to perfection…and brilliantly directed…a spectacular theatrical spectacle” – Hindustan Times
Sharply observed…piquant & funny…full of wonderful characters‘ – Mid-day
Brilliantly directed & beautifully fashioned in a style of Ibsen & Shaw” The Hindu, Chennai

Duration: 120 minutes including a 15 minute interval. Age Recommendation 12+

For more information and images please contact: Suman Bhuchar on 07930 101894 e: suman@watermans.org.uk