‘Behind Beautiful Forevers’ at Regal cinema; one night only

Culture at the Cinema is once again bringing live theater performances to the big screen in Cayman. On Saturday, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” will be shown for one evening only.

As in the past, only those 18 years and older will be admitted to the event, where a glass of bubbly is included in the price along with access to the theater bar.

The play is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Katherine Boo’s book, which won the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among others. Boo spent three years in Annawadi, a slum in India, recording the lives of its residents, leading to this uncompromising tale.

David Hare subsequently fashioned a tumultuous play based on the book which garnered rave reviews in the British press, and Meera Syal (“The Kumars,” “Goodness Gracious Me,” “Rafta Rafta”) returned to the National Theatre in the lead role of Zehrunisa, directed by Rufus Norris (“Broken,” “London Road”).

The National Theatre production will be shown for one night only on Saturday night at the Regal Camana Bay.
The National Theatre production will be shown for one night only on Saturday night at the Regal Camana Bay.

Premise

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, 12 and stunted, wants to eat until he is as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a “first-class person,” while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighborhood.

Reviews

“A triumph for David Hare and Meera Syal. The play leaves you deeply affected” – The Guardian

“Compelling. Unforgettably communicates a world in which life is cheap” – Daily Telegraph

“Katrina Lindsay’s design is a masterpiece” – Observer

“Humane, epic and politically alert” – Financial Times

“A brilliant, horrible and heart-breaking story. A window into the lives of India’s poorest” – Time Out

Tickets are on sale at the Regal Camana Bay box office for $40 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show time is 8 p.m. See www.bigscreen.ky for more information.

As in the past, only those 18 years and older will be admitted to the event, where a glass of bubbly is included in the price along with access to the theater bar.

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