Fight or die in the underbelly world of illicit rice-dealing.
by Ankita Singh
11 JUL - 5 AUG 2023 — NOW ON
Auckland Theatre Company
1 hour 30 minutes, no interval
Contains strong language, haze and flashing lights
5 MORE SHOWS ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND AND RAVE REVIEWS!
In the neonlit streets of futurist Aotearoa, an ex-MMA fighter discovers you can’t ever really escape the past.
When retired fighter, Shiva, is dragged into the world of illegal MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighting by bored overworked Bisma, the last thing they expect is to be embroiled in the contraband black market.
But that’s exactly what happens when they end up in massive debt to basmati baron Toby, ‘The King’. They have seven days to acquire a truckload of rice, or else...
Set in an alternate reality where ethnic dietary staples, like rice, are banned due to crop disease and closed borders, Basmati Bitch transports us to a heightened reality of contested borders, exploited migrant workers and a crumbling empire.
A self-aware, neo-noir action-crime-comedy full of wacky fourth-wall-breaking characters, slick dance and stage combat.
Nightclubs double as fight clubs, dairies have rice bunkers and Aunties scheme away in their mahjong dens.
Strap in, it’s gonna be a wild ride.
“Ankita Singh is an inventive and clever new voice. Imaginatively staged in-the-round at Q Rangatira, this futuristic Pan-Asian romp of a crime caper promises a glimpse of what might be to come.” – Jonathan Bielski
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Co-Produced by Auckland Theatre Company and SquareSums&Co in association with Oriental Maidens.
Please note: Basmati Bitch has a latecomers admittance point 5 mins after the show start time. If there are more Block D latecomers than Front of House are able to seat in the latecomer seats, they will hold the show for up to 5 mins. From that point onwards, those latecomers will be turned away (full lockout). If any Block A, B, C latecomers arrive, they will be admitted at the actual show start +5min latecomer point, only if their seats are reachable without being disruptive.
Associate Producer, SquareSums&Co
Best availability For groups - 22-30 July
Single tickets - 11-21 July
"A visually spectacular, fast-paced firecracker of a show."
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