Photography by James Ireland   

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Theatre Deli, London, 2019

Photography by James Ireland

About the play

Rajesh is a British Asian banker in London who parties hard but feels like he's missing something. Naresh is a Rajasthani cricket bat maker who's so awkward around love he's on the verge of giving up forever. On his mother's suggestion that he visit India, Rajesh encounters Naresh in a nightclub, and sets off sparks that neither of them can deny.


Set just after India's landmark decriminalisation of homosexuality in 2018, Rajesh and Naresh is a romantic comedy for the modern age.


This script was created in workshops with the creative ensemble and members of the Queer British Asian community in London.

Production team

Produced by Arjun Singh, Sophie Cairns, and ŠITE Productions

Performed by Brahmdeo Ramana and Madhav Vasantha

Directed by Sophie Cairns

Written by James Ireland

Devised by The Ensemble: Arjun Singh, Sophie Cairns, Brahmdeo Ramana, Madhav Vasantha, and James Ireland.

Set Design by Alex Berry

Costume by Kate Bauer

With thanks to our interview and research participants: AS, SR, VR, PD, NS, and NK.

Staged at Theatre Deli, London, December 2019.

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Theatrical Poster by Arjun Singh


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