Success no trouble for Sudha

PUBLISHED: 13:02 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 14:50 12 May 2010

Sudha Bhuchar: Innovative stage play

Sudha Bhuchar: Innovative stage play

Following a sold- out London run, The Trouble with Asian Men will be coming to the Cambridge Arts Theatre for one night only. The innovative and highly amusing stage play created by Kristine Landon-Smith, Sudha Bhuchar, and Louise Wallinger, takes an ente

Following a sold- out London run, The Trouble with Asian Men will be coming to the Cambridge Arts Theatre for one night only.

The innovative and highly amusing stage play created by Kristine Landon-Smith, Sudha Bhuchar, and Louise Wallinger, takes an entertaining look at the hidden lives of the British Asian male.

Material for the show was compiled by interviewing various Asian communities on their fears, loves, and general way of thinking.

The findings were then taken away, edited, and used for the actors' scripts.

Sudha Bhuchar said: "This is a fascinating and very brave way of doing a play.

"Verbatim, as it's called, has allowed us to explore Asian men through people's own experiences, with all their vivacity, concerns and humour.

"And the actors are brilliant at transforming the experiences to the stage, which has given us a very unique show."

It is this winning formula that has helped the play sell out wherever it has been shown.

Success that Sudha also puts down to a certain "universal appeal".

She explained: "The play has been very popular and has really struck a chord with all its audiences. It appeals to everyone and is not exclusively Asian.

"It challenges opinions and provokes debate. Although it is based on Asian men, it does reflect men on the whole.

"It covers a lot of human and multi-cultural issues, which I believe people can relate to.

"Above all, it's hugely funny, in a real-life kind of way. It lifts the lid on modern-day Asian men, and how they see their lives."

But what exactly is the problem with Asian men?

"Well they do have a lot of hang-ups. But I think the main problem is that they find it hard to integrate into today's society. It's as if they live parallel lives," said the 44-year-old.

The Trouble with Asian Men is a thought-provoking and often hilarious show, that holds a microphone up to real life.

Sudha said: "The feedback from the show has been fantastic and its been a pleasure to work on.

"I think that the play has real life and longevity, and I believe it is something that will keep going - as long as there is a story to tell we will continue to do what we are doing.

"I love people and I love to hear their stories. Everyone has a story to tell and it's often the people that you least expect who have the best ones."

The Trouble with Asian Men will be at The Cambridge Arts Theatre on Sunday at 7.45pm. Ticket prices range from £10-£20. For more information contact the box office on 01223 503333 or visit the arts theatre website: www.cambridgeartstheatre.com


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