DOI: 10.5040/9781784601836.40000003
Acts: 2. Scenes: 7. Roles: Male (6) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

Ayub Khan Din's play Rafta, Rafta... is a comedy about marital difficulties within a close-knit Indian family living in England. Based on Bill Naughton’s 1963 play All in Good Time, it was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in the Lyttelton auditorium on 26 April 2007 (previews from 18 April).

The play is set in the working class English town of Bolton. Eeshwar Dutt is a first-generation immigrant and patriarch of the family. He has a troubled relationship with his newlywed son Atul (aged twenty-two), whose married life with Vina Patel has got off to a rocky start. Atul is so woefully inhibited by the intrusiveness of his parents and his brother Jai’s childish pranks that his beautiful virgin bride remains just that. Six weeks later and the whole family starts to panic...

The National Theatre premiere was directed by Nicholas Hytner and designed by Tim Hatley, with a cast including Harish Patel as Eeshwar Dutt, Ronny Jhutti as Atul, Rudi Dharmalingam as Jai and Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi as Vina.

A feature film adaptation, with a screenplay by Ayub Khan-Din, was released as All in Good Time in 2012, directed by Nigel Cole.

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Nick Hern Books

Ayub Khan Din

ISBN: 9781854599933

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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