It Ain't All Bollywood
- Oliver Farrimond
- 14 August 2008
This article is from 2008.
Confused, overwrought look at mental health issues
Part of this year’s InvAsian programme of Asian performance, It Ain’t All Bollywood depicts the trials and tribulations of Kiran, who has descended into an escapist fixation with Bollywood films following the death of her father. As a result, she forgoes human contact outside of the confines of her house, leaving her at the mercy of her pugnacious, domineering mother.
Both roles are energetically played by Rita Fatania. However, any real pathos is hampered by a dubious script that’s crammed with tired clichés and laboured metaphors. As the narrative moves to encompass childhood friend Tony, sparse characterisation and the latter’s dreadfully hammy turn do much to make the plot seem stilted and confusing.
For a play that purports to address the cultural issues surrounding mental health, It Ain’t All Bollywood exhibits a lightness of tone that seems at odds with the subject matter. This is not helped by the venue. The spartan, faintly corporate ambience of Studio C at clubWEST presents a considerable challenge to artists, whether performing or directing. This is readily apparent in Rifco Arts’ production of this confused, overwrought play.
ClubWEST @ Quincentenary Hall, 527 1562, until 25 Aug, 4pm, £9.50 (£8.50).