Sari: The Whole Five Yards is a play about a 62-year-old woman who reclaims her life after 40 years of living a life of pretence.
Bhanu is getting ready to go to her 40th wedding “surprise” anniversary party. She has the most seemingly perfect life (six-bedroom detached house, two en suite bathrooms, great kids, granddaughter, generous husband…) that is, until the truth slips out. She begins to unravel like her sari, until there is nowhere to hide….
Preethi Nair left her job as a management consultant to set up her own publishing and PR Company after her manuscript, Gypsy Masala, was rejected by most publishers. Not having the resources to rent an office and publish her book, she established an international PR agency in her bedroom and appointed feisty director, Pru Menon (an alter ego) to energetically hype her work. Nobody else knew of her plan. Working as several different people and with a frenetic double life, Preethi gained substantial press coverage. After two years and an amazing journey, her faith in her own talents and her perseverance in the face of consistent rejection were rewarded; she signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins. Nair comments:
“Sari: the whole five yards gives women who don’t ordinarily have a voice a platform. Every woman will connect with Bhanu’s story.”
Sari: The Whole Five Yards plays the Tristan Bates Theatre as part of Camden Fringe Festival from 7 – 12 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.