Another venture outside of the West End, and this time to slightly overcast South London. Tara Arts Theatre has a very community type of feel, very different to being in the West End, and I have to say quite refreshing to have a slightly different experience.
Kanjoos roughly translated means tightwad, and that is a very rough translation. The story is a re-write of Moliere’s The Miser, the farcical story of an old man that loves his money box more than his two children who are keen to gain their independence from him.
The set was very basic, and the cast doubled up on certain roles. Usually I would feel short-changed by this (not that I am a Kanjoos), but this was all handled very nicely and with good humour. In fact, there were some very funny set pieces throughout the show, and the cast deserves to be praised for the energy and vigour with which they performed. Krupa Pattani played the duels roles of the daughter and maid with great comic affect, and Deven Modha hammed up the roles of the son and cook. However, it was Antony Bunsess who was quite revolting as the Harjinder the Kanjoos – completely obsessed with the heart shaped money box under the tree in the courtyard.
Well acted and with plenty of energy, this was a joy to watch, but the icing on the cake came from the very talented band who provided the music and vocals for the Bollywood set pieces, as well as some great ad-libbing and one particular cricket reference that had me giggling for the next twenty minutes.
This was the show’s last night, but I had a chat with Jatinder Verma, the show's director and the artistic director for the venue, and he kindly informed me that it was going on tour and would shortly playing in Windsor and then Stratford (Circle).
If you can get there, it's worth seeing.
Second Degree paid for his own ticket.