Theatre Preview: A Brimful of Asha @ Tobacco Factory Theatres
by Abi Hack

“A Brimful of Asha is the true story of how, in 2011, my parents tried to arrange my marriage… against my will!” -- Ravi (BBC Interview)

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).

This may, Tobacco Factory Theatres welcomes real-life mother and son, Asha and Ravi Jain, to Bristol with their hilarious and captivating tale of generational and cultural clash that has charmed audiences across the globe.

Born in Canada to Indian parents, theatre maker Ravi brings his story to the intimate Factory Theatre, joined by his mother at the dining room table laden with tea and samosas. Together they relive a trip to India in which 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.


Tobacco Factory Theatres is also offering a programme of GET INVOLVED participation activities around the show, including:


DATE Thu 18 May

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.


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 Each night



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



DATE Sat 20 May

AGES 8-12 and 13-19

COST £25, including 2 tickets to the evening show (1 child, 1 adult)


Take part in this 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. More information via the Tobacco Factory Theatres website.

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‘Full of charm, wit and guile… both beguiling and illuminating’ -- The Times

‘Pioneering in its intimacy and yet unapologetically heartwarming’ -- The New York Times

‘Warm, intimate and very funny’ -- Daily Telegraph 

‘This is theatre at its best – intimate, authentic and hilarious’ -- Spotlight Toronto

Image Credit: Cylla Von Tiedemann

Image Credit: Cylla Von Tiedemann

Date Tue 16 – Sat 20 May 8pm / Matinee Sat 2.30pm

Venue Tobacco Factory Theatres, Raleigh Road,Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF

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