Cast announced for Pyar Actually
1 September 2017
Rifco Artistic Director Pravesh Kumar announces the cast for new comedy Pyar Actually (Love Actually), written by Rifco Associate Sukh Ojla.
Sukh Ojla plays the role of Polly and Amarjit. Her theatre acting credits include Future Conditional (Old Vic), Coconut (Park Theatre), Skin Like Butter (The Etcetera), Ladylogue! (Tristan Bates Theatre), There’s Something Simmy and MummyJi Presents (Rifco). For television, credits include Black Mirror (Channel 4), Britz (Channel 4), Eastenders, Hospital People (BBC) and for film, Victoria and Abdul (Stephen Frears).
Simon Rivers plays Bali. His credits for Rifco include Where’s My Desi Soulmate?. Previous theatre credits include East Is East (Northern Stage/Nottingham Playhouse), Wipers (Curve Theatre/UK Tour), The Charming Man (Theatre 503), Dr Faustus (Stratford Circus/Present Moment Theatre Company), Mela (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Algebra of Freedom (7:84 Theatre Company). His television credits include Girlfriends (Rollem Productions), Call The Midwife (Neal Street Productions), No Offence (Freemantle Media/Channel 4), Doctors (BBC), Crash (BBC/Red Planet Productions) and for film, ID2: Shadwell Academy (Post Republic).
Presented by Rifco Studio and Sukh Ojla in association with Watford Palace Theatre, the small-scale production premieres at Sukh’s hometown theatre The Woodville (Gravesend) on 29th September 2017 before touring to The Curve (Slough), Warwick Arts Centre, Watford Palace Theatreand Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Set in Gravesend, the play follows thirty-something Polly whose picture perfect life is interrupted when her first love Bali gets in touch 20 years later. Sukh developed the play, which explores themes of duty, love and missed opportunities, through a series of community workshops, readings and peer-to-peer mentorship as part of the Rifco Associates programme.
Rifco Associates is a two-year rolling programme for artists and creatives both early in their career and mid-career, supporting them to create a new piece of work or develop a new concept. This structured programme is about opening up access to a wider range of people working in theatre and celebrating the voices of British Asian contemporary artists both on the stage and behind the scenes.
Rifco Studio is Rifco theatre on a smaller scale. Offering the opportunity for new writing and developing artists to present work at intimate venues across the UK. The productions are shorter, with fewer cast members and minimal stage setting, but with the same quality, vibrancy and contemporary British Asian storytelling that audiences have come to expect from Rifco. With Rifco’s yearly mainstage productions and the newly introduced Rifco Studio productions, the company will offer audiences with a year-round programme of diverse work.
Written by Sukh Ojla
Directed by Pravesh Kumar
Designer Rebecca Brower
Lighting Designer Jack Weir
Sound Designer Matt Eaton