A Shakespearean take on Bollywood set in Brampton

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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies.

Much Ado About Nothing, Tarragon Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing, Tarragon Theatre

Last year Director of the play Richard Rose was watching some Bollywood films one day and suddenly realized that ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ could very well be adapted to a contemporary South Asian family. He did his research, visited some South Asian homes in Brampton and decided to set his adaptation of the play there. The play opened this week at the Tarragon Theatre and runs until 31st May.
The play revolves around a South Asian joint family living in Brampton. Its plot revolves around the familiar clash of cultures, the all-out war of the sexes and the director brilliantly fuses classical text with Bharatanatyam. The characters in the play speak both Hindi and English and sub-titles in both languages run on a screen above the stage which makes it easy for a diverse audience to follow.
Tarragon’s Much Ado plays as an all-out war of the sexes against the backdrop of a very Canadian clash of cultures. Classical text fuses with Bharatanatyam, Bollywood and Brampton in this larger-than-life spectacle.
Moving from comedy to tragedy and back again with razor sharp wit, a familiar story takes on new meaning when set in our own backyard and promises to shed new light on love in our modern urban times.

Pradip Rodrigues started out as a journalist at Society magazine, part of the Magna Group in Mumbai. He wrote extensively on a variety of subjects. He later moved to the Times of India where he was instrumental in starting the now defunct E-times, a television magazine. He conceptualized Bombay Times and became its first assistant editor where he handled features and page three. Since coming to Canada in 2000, he has freelanced for newspapers and magazines in India and written autobiographies for seniors.

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