'..the achievement of this production is that it feels like a spontaneous gathering while being a rigorously structured piece of drama.'
The Guardian (2010)

'It is lifted into another sphere by the real kitchen setting, which creates the uncanny feeling of having accidently dropped in on another family's life' The Guardian (2011)

'.this production,directed by Janet Steel is a real hit. At times comic, at others terribly tragic. It takes us into the heart of a family in a way which no usual theatre production can do.'
Birmingham Post

'...in an extremely successful collaboration we are treated to an engaging, heart warming and believable evening of drama which is taken out of the constraints of a typical theatrical auditorium.  This play is certainly a break from the norm for most of the theatre-going public, and an enjoyable one at that.
Whats On Stage.


Photos by Louisa Griffiths & Robert Day

by Sonia Likhari
in association with The Public, Birmingham
Repertory Theatre and Black Country Touring

‘the most enjoyably inventive piece of theatre
I've seen this year’.
   The Guardian
(in 2010)

In the Cheema’s kitchen, it’s Ladies’ Sangeet Night. The guests are arriving. The bride’s having her mehndi done.  But in the kitchen sibling rivalry sizzles alongside the samosas…

This funny and moving play takes a look through the keyhole of a family home to reveal the secrets and rivalry of two generations of sisters.  This unique, intimate and lively piece of theatre takes place in a real kitchen in a home in Dollis Hill. Come and watch the hidden drama of a family struggling with private jealousies and family secrets in the midst of public weddings, births and separations.

To be performed in the kitchen of a real house. Limited seating so book early!

London   April 28 - May 20
Tue-Fri 7.30pm    Sun 2.30pm & 6pm
Thur 5, 12 & 19 May Matinee at 2.30pm
No performances 29, 30 April & 1 May
Tickets £15 Full £10 Concessions
Tickets for the Dollis Hill performances are being sold via The Birmingham Repertory Theatre box office, The BOX by phone and online.
Box Office   0121 236 4455  
On line Birmingham-rep.co.uk

Behna will take place in a house in Dollis Hill in London, 5mins walk from the tube station. Evening performances will finish about 9pm. The full address and information on how to get there will be given when booking.

Director  Janet Steel  
Cast: Sandeep Garcha, Shaleen Hudda, Hema Mangoo, Balvinder Sopal, Gurpeet Singh

Behna was first presented in a real kitchen in a house in Birmingham and in the kitchens of three South Asian family homes around the Black Country in March last year. All performances sold out and an additional week of performances sold out within two days of going on sale.

A unique live webcast was made of the production from the kitchen of a real home in Wolverhampton. We believe this was a small but significant theatrical first.

The Writer, Sonia Likhari is a former commercial lawyer, now concentrating on a career as an actress and writer.

During an acting class I was trying to get a handle on the character of Ines in Lope de Vega’s Peribanez. Two minutes of improvisation with another student, playing a pair of Southall sisters solved the problem and the seed for the characters of Dal and Simi was planted in that two minutes. From there my long held fascination with the complexity of womens’ relationships and behaviour patterns, particularly within the confines of a male dominated society, led to my writing Behna.’
Sonia Likhari