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The Merchant of Vembley archiveVenice intersects with Wembley in a wickedly funny, inventive, provocative reimagining of Merchant of Venice. In Shishir Kurup's Merchant of Wembley - Venice intersects with Wembley's Ealing Road in a wickedly funny, wildly inventive and politically provocative re-imagining of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Set in Wembley, London in the here and now. A tragi-comic, raucous, dark and irreverent work based on Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice offering a bitingly South Asian perspective. Set in Wembley, London, where hatred and intolerance among Hindus and Muslims have grown to a boiling point. Using music, blank verse and present-day pop references, the play explores how the preponderance of power in one sector of a community can marginalize a minority and provoke reactionary and retributive responses. Jitendra, a Hindu actor, has fled Bollywood stardom to seek fame and fortune in Hollywood. To secure backing for his "India-Indie flick with crossover appeal" he schemes to marry a rich young heiress, Pushpa Shah, and in the process endangers the life of his best friend, Devendra, by becoming entangled with Devendra's nemesis, Sharuk, a Muslim money-lender. Pushpa, is in love with Jitendra, but as per her father's will, must marry only a man who can pass a multi-media test. UK Premiere. Written in an iambic pentameter replete with Indian, American and Afro-Caribbean jargon
Performers Jarreau Antoine (Armando - Lorenzo in Merchant of Venice), Shamir Dawood (Jeetendra - Bassanio in Merchant of Venice), Mikhael DeVille (Amithabha - Gratiano in Merchant of Venice), Emilio Doorgasingh (Sharuk - Shylock in Merchant of Venice), Vijay Doshi (Yoganandra - Salarino in Merchant of Venice), Rohit Gokani (Devender - Antonio in Merchant of Venice), Anil Goutam (Shivanabda - Salanio in Merchant of Venice), Taj Kandula (Kavita - Nerissa in Merchant of Venice), Ishwar Maharaj (Tooranpoi - Lancelot Gobbo in Merchant of Venice), Aria Prasad (Pushpa - Portia in Merchant of Venice), Ambreen Razia (Noorani - Jessica in Merchant of Venice).
Author Shishir Kurup. Company Rented Space Theatre Company. Director Ajay Chowdhury. Design Sean Cavanagh. Lighting Ben Cracknell. Design Louise Rhoades-Brown (video).

The Merchant of Vembley

The Merchant of Vembley (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01283050066. Details of all The Merchant of Vembley archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S01102070399

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