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    • 16 May -
      20 May 2017
      16 May - 20 May 2017

    We are thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Canadian company Why Not Theatre with their international smash hit show. A Brimful of Asha is a hilarious and heart-warming tale of a family caught between two cultures. With extended and sold out runs around the world, it has proven an instant favourite with audiences everywhere.

    Asha is intent on getting her son Ravi married – but who will get to pick his wife?

    Real-life mother and son, Asha and Ravi Jain, share the stage and tell this true (and very Canadian) story of generational and cultural clash. When Ravi takes a trip to India his parents decide it is the perfect time to introduce him to potential brides. Ravi is not sold on the idea of getting married – at least not yet – but Asha fears that time is running out.

    The title A Brimful of Asha comes from a song written by British alternative rock band Cornershop in 1997, and Asha is also Ravi’s mother’s name. In Hindi it means Hope – and this a story about the challenges that arise out of the hope for happiness that you want for your parents (or for your kids).



    Come to the Factory Theatre Bar each night at 7.30pm to enjoy a curtain raiser. Expect poets, spoken word, choirs and musicians. Read more here.


    We are holding our first REACT event – a lively post show discussion chaired by young people with the theatre makers behind A Brimful of Asha. Anyone is welcome to stay after the show and join them!

    DATE Thu 18 May After the show
    COST Free with the purchase of a ticket for the show / £5 exclusively for 14-25 year olds, which includes a ticket for the show and the discussion. Enter promo code REACT when booking your ticket (case sensitive online). You will be asked for proof of age when collecting your ticket from the Box Office.


    Aged 8-19 and want to get involved here at Tobacco Factory Theatres? Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to work with the Director of A Brimful of Asha and create a play in a day to be performed in the Factory Theatre. Find out more at A Play in a Day 8:12 and A Play in a Day 13:19.

    Redmaids’ High School is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres as it stages this production and the Get Involved activities surrounding it.

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    • AGE RECOMMENDATIONFor all ages
    • TICKETSFull £15 / Concession £11
    • VENUE

    8pm / Matinee Sat 2.30pm

    Thu 18 May 8pm

    Join us for a Happy Hour before each performance from 6.30pm-7.30pm where you’ll find drinks offers in our Factory Theatre Bar.

    Enjoy a pre-show meal at the Southville Thali Cafe (next door to Tobacco Factory Theatres) for the very special price of £10 for a main meal and drink. Please allow at least 45 minutes for your visit and take along evidence of your theatre booking – more information.

    Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performance on Wed 17 May. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.

    • "Full of charm, wit and guile... both beguiling and illuminating"

      The Times
    • "Pioneering in its intimacy and yet unapologetically heart-warming"

      The New York Times
    • "Warm, intimate and very funny"

      Daily Telegraph
    • "This is theatre at its best - intimate, authentic and hilarious"

      Spotlight Toronto

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