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Bromley resident to star in Churchill Theatre adaptation of A Passage to India

PUBLISHED: 11:38 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:38 12 February 2018

Bromley resident Asif Khan will be playing Dr Aziz. Picture: Churchill Theatre

Bromley resident Asif Khan will be playing Dr Aziz. Picture: Churchill Theatre

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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 (February 13 - 17).

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.

Asif said: “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.”

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.

Asif added: “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.”

Asif also belives the story is a significant one, describing it as “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.”

Asif, who lived in Shortlands before moving to Bromley South last August, has always enjoyed getting up in front of an audience and entertaining them.

He added: “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.”

Asif is looking forward to playing in his hometown: “Of course I’ll be home with my baby and wife, but as I’ve never 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.”

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