As the London 2012 Olympic Games draw to their close and the national houses start to pack up for the journey home, the Nigerians will be departing and the Theatre Royal Stratford East will start gearing up for its new season, starting in September with a real showstopper – Bollywood musical ‘Wah! Wah! Girls’.
Part of the London 2012 Festival and World Stages London, ‘Wah! Wah! Girls’ is a collaboration between the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Sadler’s Wells and Knee High, and comes to the theatre straight from a successful run at Sadler’s Wells. Written by Tanika Gupta and directed by Emma Rice (‘Brief Encounter’ and ‘The Red Shoes’) with choreography by Javed Sanadi, ‘Wah! Wah! Girls’ tells the story of Sinita, an East End teenager desperate to escape her controlling family. Eventually she finds herself in a traditional India dancing club where she is taken in by owner Soraya, and what follows is a tale of love and romance, villainy and comedy. This promises to be a really colourful and spectacular show – I can’t wait to see those massed Bollywood dance scenes on the stage!
Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael, has this to say about the new show:
‘We are very excited to be presenting ‘Wah! Wah! Girls’ at Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of World Stages London and the London 2012 Festival. It is the theatre’s vision is to break new ground with musicals that bring contemporary and diverse music into the mainstream of British theatre. This collaboration has brought together some outstanding talents to create a great night out.’
‘Wah! Wah! Girls’ runs from 6 September to 29 September, and in October will be followed by another play adapted from one of Martina Cole’s novels, this time ‘Dangerous Lady’, marking the 20th anniversary of the book’s publication. Back for December to January will be Stratford’s traditional panto – this year it’s the audience favourite ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. You can find out more about all of the upcoming productions at the Theatre Royal Stratford East on their website here, or why not follow them on Twitter for a less serious look at the work of the theatre…