Theatre Tripping

Featuring: People like us

Take your seats in good time for the performances, turn off your mobiles and don’t rustle toffee papers in the auditorium.

London Theatre

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents and it’s from this book that David Hare brings the story to the stage.

We look onto a Mumbai slum and are given insight to a parallel world full of corruption, ambition and poverty. Of course, we know the airport is near as now and then a jumbo jet screams overhead while coming in to land.

Zehrunisa Husain’s (Meera Syal) family work hard, picking and sorting garbage from the airport and local hotels, their aim is to build a new house but a neighbour’s actions change their lives forever. The Husains discover that only money can bring any justice.

The 30 or so cast makes full use of the wonderful stage set with its police station, hospital and shanty dwellings.

Shane Zaza is excellent in his role as the upright and honourable Abdul Hussain but actually the whole cast gives 100% effort too.

Very watchable.