Interview: Meera Syal — 'it's a semi-autobiographical story of my childhood'

Interview: Meera Syal — 'it's a semi-autobiographical story of my childhood'

3 January 2017

Meera Syal on what Anita and Me is about and why it's so important to her. 

 

"Anita and Me is a semi-autobiographical story of my childhood. The central character is a little girl called Meena who's a tomboy, a rebel, and her parents slightly despair that she's never going to be a good Indian girl. She falls in with the bad girl of the village Anita Rutter and the spine of the book is the relationship between those two girls. Outside of them, we've got this village life, that I lived really — a rural way of life with miners' tied cottages, two-up two-down, outside loo, everyone's doors open, kids playing in the fields, a way of British life that's actually gone now." 

 


Anita and Me opens at Wolverhampton Grand theatre, where it plays from 14 to 18 February 2017. It then tours to Cheltenham, Blackpool, Nottingham, Bradford and Edinburgh.

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