Watermans is delighted to present the UK Premiere of Boiled Beans on Toast, a new hit show by Primetime Theatre Company, one of India’s best known companies working in English language theatre and a regular at the venue.


Boiled Beans on Toast, a play written by Girish Karnad and directed by Lillete Dubey, comes to the Waterman’s Theatre, London.

Watermans Presents UK Premiere of Boiled Beans on Toast by Primetime Theatre Company & Directed by Lillete Dubey
Watermans Presents UK Premiere of Boiled Beans on Toast by Primetime Theatre Company & Directed by Lillete Dubey

The play is titled Boiled Beans on Toast as a reference to a story related to the founding of Bengaluru. The story mentions that an 11th century king was saved by an old woman who offered him boiled beans. The king then decided to name the spot ‘Bendakalooru’ or the place of boiled beans to represent the hospitality.

7 actors who played 19 characters portraying everyday lives of different people from different walks of life and how the environmental changes effected everyone. The yester years were slipping away right in front of them, whilst some coped other’s some couldn’t

A slow start to the play, that never really picked up the momentum. The second act was much better. The sub-plots did not gel with the most obvious plots, for instance the drunken father…never heard of him again…whatever happened to him?
I must commend the actors for their performance – brilliant and skilful. But I found it difficult to capture the essence of the dialogue, parts of it was nonsensical and did nothing to raise my emotions. Yes, it was humorous but very mild. The plays denouement was unsatisfying and ambiguous.

I had high expectations that were not met on the night but I would raise a toast to Lillette Dubey and cast for their efforts.

Ms Safirah Irani

Twitter@Safirah63

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