What You Fancy
Date: May 2007 - 2008
A Bollywood love triangle full of dishum dishum, dhak dhak and haa haa hee
Genre: Comedy, Shakespeare
What you fancy…
Transposes one of William Shakespeare’s most glorious comedies to contemporary Bollywood in this tale of mistaken identities, unrequited love, trickery and drunken revelling.
Separated by an earthquake from her twin brother and believing him dead, Vidya disguises herself as Casim, a young man who is capable of provoking infatuation wherever he appears.
When the King of Bollywood Dhruv-Raj employs him to woo Olivia, the hottest starlet in tinsel town, the stage is set to re-awaken Olivia’s spirit and passion and for the mayhem to begin. Little does Olivia know that Casim is really a woman in disguise, who is in love with Dhruv Raj Singh!
As this love triangle unfolds, we enter the frothy underworld of Olivia’s servants, where a war is brewing to gain power and love. As the war escalates a vicious prank is planned. Will it play out as expected?
What You Fancy contains lots of innuendo.
Suitable for 13+.
Sat 26 April 2008
LUDLOW ASSEMBLY ROOMS
Fri 9 May 2008
Sat 7 June 2008
Fri 27 June 2008
Sat 28 June 2008
Fri 4 – Sat 5 July 2008
Fri 11 July 2008
LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE
Sat 12 – Sun 13 July 2008
Just a couple of minutes outside Birmingham’s ring road, on the side of the A34, the Drum played host to Phizzical Productions’ What You Fancy, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. A young cast shone brightly under the direction of Leylah and the acting and dialogue was crisp and tight. The contemporary set was well enhanced with a very professional video outtake of a chat show featuring the two “famous” characters. The script, penned by Omar Khan (also starring as Mahesh), zipped along and the implausibly good looking cast brought a natural energy to their roles.
Sharnpal Jeetley as the central character Vidya/Casim made an unlikely man in an even more unlikely love tetrahedron, but the part was nicely played, and you’ve got to hear her “bloke voice” to believe it. Meenu Jassal played a very convincing Bollywood sensation Olivia Kapoor. Indeed, both of the famous characters were really strong and the gloriously hammy overacting from Jas Binag playing “The Dhruv”, The King of Bollywood, Dhruv Raj Singh was one of the highlights of the evening
The main thrust of the story, though, takes place among the servants’ quarters, where ambition and backstabbing are happily alive and well. Bhavika Mistry as the fantastically materialistic minx Mohini – Olivia’s PA, and Omar Khan, playing Mahesh Patel, the butler from hell were superb. The battle between these two for supremacy of the household was a joy to watch, and Mahesh’s spiral into the desperately absurd stole the second half performance. The rest of the cast all deserve a mention, so I will. The role switching Robby Khela (Sunny/Disco Stu) and Nimisha Chavda (Bharti/Bhasanti) were excellent. The drinking scene was very entertaining and the cast’s strong musical abilities really came through. Aashiq Kumar as the simperingly rich Shahid Khan and Mark Khutan as Raja the opening Narrator, were both good performances and Pritesh Chauhan camped it up delightfully as Akash.
This show deserved far more than a three day run and it would be great to see it do well in London, where it’s sure to be better attended. The cast were both professional and natural, the set and production were slick, and everything went well. This was a great show.