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‘Enjoyably Idiosyncratic’

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‘An honest, funny and touching insight into modern British Asian masculinity’

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15-28 August 2011 at Underbelly

9.45pm (10.55pm)

56 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1EG
Venue 61 (entrances on Cowgate
and Victoria Street) View Map

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£12 / £10 (£11 / £9 concessions)


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Auntie Netta’s
Holiday for Asylum

Meet the irrepressible Auntie Netta in her first full length show at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 – part of a cheeky comedy double bill with The Trouble with Asian Men!

Auntie Netta is the unassumingly funny asylum seeker from Sri Lanka, who tells the bawdy, observational story of her arrival in Britain.

From Hadrian’s Wall to ‘Venezuelan’ bikini waxes and her favourite Portuguese dance to the wonders of Skype, follow Auntie’s journey from literature scholar to cleaning lady.

Nimmi Harasgama’s one-woman show is a fresh new satire on immigration, politics and Auntie’s experience of living in the UK. Auntie Netta’s Holiday for Asylum had its first airing at Tamasha’s Start Night for emerging artists at Hampstead Theatre in 2009. It then played to roaring success at Battersea Arts Centre’s Scratch Festival, before taking part in the Funny Women competition hosted by Shazia Mirza in 2010.

Written and performed by Nimmi Harasgama

The Trouble with Asian Men

Tamasha’s cult verbatim comedy returns to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 – part of a cheeky comedy double bill with Auntie Netta’s Holiday for Asylum!

Macho men or metrosexual guys? Mummy’s boys tied to the apron strings or husbands under the thumb? These spirited men have all got roots, so what are they really like behind closed doors?

Created entirely from interviews with members of the public, The Trouble with Asian Men reveals the experiences of British Asian men in their own words.

The show uses a powerful verbatim technique where the original interviews are relayed to and recreated by the actors during the performance to expose the idiosyncrasies of human speech and channel the spirits of the people they represent. The result is a vital, tender and often hilarious insight into lives that surround us everyday.

Since premiering in 2005, The Trouble with Asian Men has played to packed houses across the UK, enjoying two sell-out London runs at artsdepot in 2005 and Soho Theatre in 2006.

Created by Kristine Landon-Smith, Sudha Bhuchar and Louise Wallinger