Arjun Singh's British Asian, queer romantic comedy Rajesh and Naresh completes its 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut August 14. Mounted at Old Lab, Summerhall, the show began its run at the month-long festival August 3.
Rajesh, a handsome and successful mama’s boy played by Brahmedo Shannon Ramana, meets Naresh, an awkward and cute craftsman played by Madhav Vasantha, in a Mumbai nightclub during a trip to India. Taking place in 2018 right after India decriminalized homosexuality, Naresh is not the wife Rajesh's mother was planning on. The couple faces long distance and culture clashes as Rajesh figures out how to introduce his mom to the man he fell in love with.
The 60-minute two-hander originates in a meeting between the play’s creator and producer Arjun Singh and its director Sophie Cairns. Cairns, the founder of ŠITE Productions, encouraged Singh to write a short play in 2019 for inclusion in a variety performance. The play, originally 10 minutes long, was then workshopped and debuted at Theatre Deli where it played a sold-out performance.
Created and produced by Singh with direction by Cairns, the creative team also features writer James Ireland.