Bromley resident, Asif Khan, is set to take centre stage at Churchill Theatre in the adaptation of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, A Passage to India (13-17 February).
Asif will play Dr Aziz in the play that is full of humour and rich humanity, as it explores the cultural mistrust and false accusations that dooms a friendship between an Indian doctor and an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.
Brought to life on stage by award-winning ensemble, simple8, A Passage to India is in a new adaptation by Simon Dormandy, directed by Sebastian Armesto and Simon Dormandy, with original music composed by Kuljit Bhamra, design by Dora Schweitzer and lighting design by Prema Mehta.
Here, Asif tells us more about A Passage to India and what he misses most about Bromley when he is on tour.
Hi Asif, tell us about your character in A Passage to India…
I play Aziz, who is a doctor working in the fictional city of Chandrapore in India, 1910. He’s a father of three children and is very gregarious and sensitive. He’s a fascinating character to play as an actor.
What do you like most about Aziz?
I like the fact that Aziz is driven by his emotions, impulsive and full of conversation. He’s funny and has a big heart.
What do you enjoy most about being part of this Simple 8 production?
It’s a genuine pleasure being around everyone in the team and working with lovely and talented people, who are all there to create the best piece of theatre possible.
What can audiences expect from this production?
An important and relevant story about friendship filled with humour, and hopefully to be made to think, feel and reflect on the world we live in today.
How old were you when you first took an interest in acting and how did it come about?
I always enjoyed getting up in front of an audience and entertaining them or making them laugh. Rather strange for a young boy who was incredibly shy and had no confidence! I dabbled in various things whilst at school, but I knew I definitely wanted to be an actor after I became part of theatre groups in Bradford where I was born and brought up.
What was the first production you ever saw?
I think it was a school trip to see Macbeth in Sheffield. We were studying the play at school. I remember being impressed by the performances.
You now live in Bromley, have you seen anything at Churchill Theatre?
I moved to Bromley South last August, but was living in Shortlands before then. So I haven’t had the chance to see anything there yet, though do hope to see something soon!
Are you looking forward to performing in your hometown?
I certainly am. Of course I’ll be home with my baby and wife, but as I’ve never performed at the Churchill Theatre before, it will be exciting to be there. I think it’s the largest space we’ll be performing this play in actually, so that will be a good challenge.
Where is your favourite place in Bromley?
I really like the Church Gardens and the greenery around Bromley Parish Church. I go running there sometimes and there are also some great views.
What do you miss most about Bromley when you are on tour?
Being at home with my family, though I do get less sleep with my little boy waking at night! Bromley very much feels like home, and I feel comfortable and relaxed there. There are also lots of places to eat.
A Passage to India
Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 February 2018
Price range: £16.50 to £38
Call our Box Office on 020 3285 6000 or visit our website www.churchilltheatre.co.uk