We came across a statistic the other day that one in four of the UK’s homeless youth are LGBTQ*. Family rejection is heart-breaking and terrifying. The Asian culture isn’t shy about family rejection either, disownment is almost thrown around, as pride and honour thrive within some communities.
Miss Meena and the Masala Queens. The quirky title gives an indication of just how fun Rifco Art’s new production is. Sparkling outfits, dazzling dance numbers and an infectiously charming cast to make sure you’re in for a treat.
Miss Meena (Raj Ghatak); a once popular drag queen with a thriving nightclub, is struggling to cope with the loss of his partner. Trouble is arising as greedy property developers, jealous friends, family issues and money worries start spiralling out of control. However, a glimmer of hope appears in the form of Shaan (Nicholas Prasad), a curious young man trying to find his way. Miss Meena takes him under his wing, with the help of the hilarious Pinky (Vedi Roy) and Preetho (Harvey Dhadda).
We absolutely LOVED this production! Not only was it entertaining, but it also highlighted a serious issue in the Asian culture surrounding the LGBTQ community. The director and cast did an amazing job of transporting the audience to a world of glitz and glamour, to the heartbreak and identity crisis one would have when their own community rejects who they are.
The Asian LGBTQ Community
Personally we don’t have the experience and background to ever truly understand what its like to choose between your family and identity. This is why stories like Miss Meena and the Masala Queens are so important, as they shine a light on what is sometimes perceived as a taboo subject. Hopefully productions like this will get the Asian community talking and spreading awareness on the hidden struggles.
It’s vital to support shows like this to promote diversity and acceptance within our culture. A show bursting with energy, colour and sparkle is an even better reason to go and watch this fabulous production. The fusion of Bollywood music and dance connected the characters to their culture, making their struggles that little bit more captivating.
Miss Meena and the Masala Queens will be touring until the 17th June 2017, you can find out more information here.