Mushy: Lyrically Speaking

Mushy: Lyrically Speaking

Mushy: Lyrically Speaking

Book by Pravesh Kumar, Lyrics by Raxstar

Directed by Ameet Chana


An uplifting tale inspired by the true story of Musharaf Asghar (Educating Yorkshire).

Dewsbury, 2013. 

Mushy, a young man with a debilitating stammer, finds himself at the centre of a television documentary.  In a moment of inspiration from his teacher, Mr. Burton, he starts to find a rhythm in his voice through music. Social media erupts hailing it a miracle cure and both teacher and pupil become overnight celebrities. 

But Mushy's journey to find his voice has only just begun...

Rifco Theatre Company (Pyar Actually, Dishoom!) and Watford Palace Theatre, bring you the world premiere of this heart-warming new play written by Pravesh Kumar (Laila The Musical, The Deranged Marriage) infused with rap and lyrics by award-winning British rapper Raxstar (Keep It Undercover). 

Starring Oliver Longstaff (Operation Neptune, Absurd Person Singular), Medhavi Patel (Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree, Women of the Mahabharata) and Varun Raj (Dubailand, Baar Baar Dekho). 


'A funny, life-affirming, rap-musical story of one teenager’s personal journey. ‘Feel-good’ is an oft-overused adjective, but with this show by Rifco productions, it’s exactly the right term.' British Theatre ★★★★


‘A brilliant gem of a production. The acting & interaction from the cast are superb... I came away being educated myself as well as that feeling of ‘warmth’ when all your theatrical hunger’s – comedy, drama, musical – are fed. Excellent.’ Numb Bum


‘Here is a show bound to make us laugh while inspiring compassion that would provoke a tear in the toughest of hearts for a young boy whose resilience and unfaltering will to “make it”, not for money and fame, but to find himself, is nothing short of inspirational.’ The Upcoming ★★★★★


‘It is touchingly told with what seems absolute honesty; sometimes tongue in cheek and always theatrically engaging.’ The British Theatre Guide 


‘Heart-warming and inspiring… A must-see production!’ Eastern Eye ★★★★ (1/2)  

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Oliver Longstaff

Mr Burton

Medhavi Patel


Varun Raj



Writer :

Pravesh Kumar

Lyricist :


Director :

Ameet Chana


Eleanor Bull

Lighting Designer :

Robbie Butler

Sound Designer:

Chris Murray


Nic Wass


Niraj Chag