With The RifcoArts theatre production Britains Got Bhangra off to a great start – including good reviews from the likes of The Guardian, The Metro, Stage Magazine and of course us here at The Mixup we were able to get a moment with some of the key cast members to an interview.
Shin (of DCS fame) plays the character Twinkle. Twinkle is the lead character in Britain’s Got Bhangra, charting the rise and change of Bhangra in the UK.
Interview conducted by Reena Sehdev.
RS: How did you get involved with Britains Got Bhangra?
Shin: Sumit Chopra who is a good friend of mine approached me to ask if i would be interested, Pravesh Kumar the director asked Sumit if he knew anyone who would be suitable for the role. I came down to London to meet Rifco for the auditions and that is how i got the role of twinkle.
RS: For me, sitting there in the audience i was totally blown away by how natural you performed on stage. It was hard to imagine this was your your first acting role.
Shin: I can identify with the character and the early career struggles which helped me. I feel it’s a great education for the young generation and shows how Punjabi culture rose in the UK. Also i have seen the struggles as an artist, unlike twinkle I still have my career but many bands from that time have lost that and some are working at the airport and double glazing.
RS: When you first took on the role of Twinkle, did you expect to get such a warm response from the audience
Shin: The response was exceptional. The crowd’s reaction was fantastic, really brilliant. The artistic team has worked so hard. The time went by so fast. There was such great buzz backstage with it being the press night, but I myself didn’t expect such a reaction.
RS: Without giving too much away, how did it feel dealing with such a touching matter?
Shin: Most of the cast are mixed origin. Jason who plays my son was the ideal person for the role. It is a taboo subject and adds a whole edge to the production. It pushes boundaries. We need to be more open –minded to people who want to marry outside the culture and religion. There are so many same religion/culture marriages that don’t work out.
RS: Will we be seeing you in any future productions
Shin: I would definitely like to more after Britain’s Got Bhangra. I will be going back to DCS when Britain’s Got Bhangra finishes. DCS will be releasing another album next month.
Britains Got Bhangra is playing on the following dates:
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 24th May – 6th June
Oxford Playhouse, Oxford 7th -12th June
Watford Palace Theatre, Watford 15th June – 19th June
The Lowry, Salford Quays 21st -26th June
Theatre Royal Windsor 28th June- 3rd July
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 12th -17th July