Favour

by Ambreen Razia
A Bush Theatre and Clean Break co-production

‘There’s going to be some changes round here, sugar and TV allowed whenever you want’

Leila is happy living at home with Noor, her loving but traditional grandmother. When Aleena, her fiercely independent mother, returns home from prison determined to deliver a new world of fun and excitement, their calm lives are upended in a blur of nail varnish and sweet treats. Family secrets come tumbling into the light, and Leila finds deciding on her future more difficult than she first thought.

Favour is a touching and hopeful family drama that tackles duty, addiction and the battle of putting yourself back together. Writer of Diary of a Hounslow Girl Ambreen Razia’s remarkable new play, a new Bush Theatre and Clean Break co-commission, tells a strikingly frank story of a working-class Muslim family in a way you’ve never seen before on stage. 


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“It will transport you, and like me – you’ll be gripped by the drama on stage you’ll not have to look at your watch.”
Hamza Jahanzeb
“It’s galvanising to see the working-class Muslim home she creates on stage, at a time when stories like this are so rarely told.”
Independent
“Punchy new tug-of-love drama”
The Arts Desk
“Razia allows the characters to breathe in all of their vulnerability, humour, rage and destruction all at once”
North West End
“A sharp and emotionally impactful piece of work”
Thespyinthestalls
"A heartfelt meditation on the meaning of duty, community, and faith with an outstanding cast delivering dynamite performances"
Broadway World
“A brave choice of topic a well presented story, with some brilliant acting”
A Young(ish) Perspective
“Favour is a solidly written play that, like an onion, slowly releases its layers to reveal nuggets of truth one at a time.”
Everything Theatre
"Depressingly believable story about abuse"
The Stage
"Illuminated by exceptionally sensitive performances from a cast of four."
TimeOut
"Its tender dissection of motherhood intersects with class, immigrant life, addiction and faith, alongside the emotional effects of incarceration.”
The Guardian
'If you like your drama with a lot of heart and humour, you'll certainly find that here, along with a quartet of terrific performances.'
WhatsOnStage
"Crafted with love and respect"
Salterton Arts Review
“A deceptively simple story about three generations of one family, the script is hilariously funny and deeply moving”
Once A Week Theatre
“Favour is an example of when all elements of theatre come together to create an enjoyable and truthful night.”
Nuu Theatre
"With absolutely flawless acting from the cast, I recommend this show and hope it encourages conversations around women in the Criminal Justice System."
Always Time for Theatre
"The piece is illuminated by exceptionally sensitive performances from a cast of four."
The Times

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Ashna Rabheru
Ashna Rabheru plays Leila. Ashna trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and her theatre performances include The Animal Kingdom (Hampstead Theatre) Two Billion Beats (Orange Tree Theatre) Living Newspaper Project (Royal Court Theatre); Santi & Naz (VAULTS Festival); [BLANK] (Donmar Warehouse); Top Girls (National Theatre) and Trojan Horse (LUNG/Leeds Playhouse). Ashna’s television work includes: Red Rose (Netflix/BBC), All the Small Things (BBC); Pickle Jar (NBC Universal); Sex Education (Netflix) Year of the Rabbit (Channel 4); Bounty (Channel 4); Indian Summers (Channel 4); and Is This Thing On? (BBC). On radio she has appeared in The System (BBC Radio 4), Electric Decade: The Good Soldier (BBC Radio 4); Bottled (BBC Radio 4); Deacon: Moonlight on Water; (BBC Radio 4); Splott (BBC Radio Wales), Dangerous Visions; Perimeter (BBC Radio 4) and Where This Service Will Continue (BBC Radio 4).
Avita Jay
Avita Jay plays Aleena. Her theatre credits include The Comedy of Errors (RSC); The Winter’s Tale (RSC); Lovely Bones (Birmingham Rep); Billionaire Boy (NST Theatre/UK Tour); The Secret Garden (York Theatre Royal); The Jungle Book (National Tour); Bottled Up (Lyric Hammersmith); Bring on the Bollywood (National Tour); We’re Stuck (Shoreditch Town Hall & National Tour); Rapunzel (Park Theatre); Pioneer (Sheffield Crucible & Tour); Warde Street (Park Theatre); Unsung (Wilton’s Music Hall); The Merry Wives of Windsor (national tour); Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World (Southwark Playhouse). Her television credits include Doctors (BBC); Emmerdale (ITV); Silent Witness (BBC); Coronation Street (ITV); Down Under Crew (DU Productions UK); L8R (BBC). On film Avita has appeared in The Rezort (Matador Pictures); London, Paris, New York (Fox Star Studios); Twenty8K (Formosa Films). Other credits include Milky Peaks (Workshop at The National Theatre & Theatr Clwyd); Octopus (Rehearsed Reading at The Arcola).
Rina Fatania
Rina trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama. Theatre credits include: Julie in Sheila’s Island (UK Tour); Susheela Parekh in NW Trilogy (Kiln Theatre); Brenda Highthorpe in The Man In The White Suit (Wyndham’s Theatre); Mrs Peachum in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (UK & International Tours); Panna in The Village (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Anna Bronski in The Tin Drum (Kneehigh Theatre, UK Tour); Charlotte /Monks in Oliver Twist (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Jean in Roller Diner (Soho Theatre); Nanima in Anita & Me (UK Tour). Other theatre include: Bindi in Love N Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Firoza in The Empress (RSC); Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington (Hackney Empire); Bindi/ Sameena Bibi in Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells/ UK Tour); Bibiji in Britain’s Got Bhangra (Rifco Arts); Pushpa in Strictly Dandia (Tamasha Theatre Co.); Swing in Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria). TV/Film credits include Wanderlust (BBC, Netflix); People Just Do Nothing (BBC); Little English (Resource Productions); Raabta (Bollywood Film).
Renu Brindle
Renu Brindle who plays Noor returned to her first love,acting, a few years ago after working as a dentist. She graduated from LAMDA in 2006. Since her return, she has appeared in several screen roles including Call The Midwife, Joss Whedon’s The Nevers for HBO and Working Title Films' Polite Society. Favour is a very welcome return to the stage for Renu.

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