Entertainment Manchester on Too Close To Home
Written by Rani Moorthy
Director: Iqbal Khan
Designer: Rachna Jadhav
Lighting Designer: Cairan Bagnall
World premiere presented in association with Library Theatre, Manchester and Lyric, Hammersmith, November 2006
Nominated for Best New Play at MEN Awards
Rani Moorthy hits the zeitgeist in this world premiere of her new stage play about a Muslim family coping with life in today’s Britain.
Huddled in a Britain of extraordinary events, an ordinary Muslim family gathers during Ramadan to pray and to break the fast. The youngest son hurriedly hides a rucksack, and in the course of a long day’s journey into night family conflict erupts and buried secrets are exposed.
Exploring the pressures that terrorism and fundamentalism have brought, Rani Moorthy brings her generous warmth and vitality to a family catapulted into crisis. As attitudes to Islam divide the generations and a new world order challenges religious identity, this powerful and vibrant drama asks ‘Do you really know what is going on under your own roof?’
InToo Close To Home Rani Moorthy has created five complicated and flawed characters that are surprising, multidimensional and often funny. These characters drive the play’s narrative, resulting in an accurate portrayal of the complexity and humanity of the family. Their inner and outer conflicts allow us to reflect on the challenges and prejudices faced by people who might lead surprisingly similar lives to us all.
UK Tour Autumn 2006