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Rajesh And Naresh (ŠITE Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2022

High-flying banker Rajesh feels he’s viewed as Asian first, gay second, and as a result struggles to be seen or heard in London’s competitive gay scene. On a hastily arranged trip to Mumbai, however, he stumbles into bumbling, good-natured cricket bat-sculptor Naresh, and finds he’s suddenly able to be truer to himself. Arjun Singh and James Ireland’s feel-good two-hander isn’t without its faults: characters could be more fully 3D (Rajesh’s overbearing mother, in particular, draws too heavily on stereotypes), issues more deeply explored, scenes longer and more developed. But it’s a heartstring-tugging show of wide-eyed optimism and joy all the same, with strong, supple performances by Brahmdeo Shannon Ramana and Madhav Vasantha across a range of vivid characters. 

Summerhall, until 14 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [David Kettle]