British Asian Festival

British Asian Festival

  • British Asian Festival
  • British Asian Festival
  • British Asian Festival
  • British Asian Festival
  • British Asian Festival

Past Production - 2016

Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre present 3 days celebrating the diverse talents and achievements within British Asian arts and culture at the theatre.

The festival line-up features exhibitions by contemporary illustrator Inkquisitive and The Singh Project by photographers Amit and Naroop. Screening of Comedy film Convenience and scratch performances of new work from Rifco’s developing artists – Rifco Associates and MummyJi returns with her variety show MummyJi Presents…The Professionals. Also, the BBC Asian Network will be bringing its Big Comedy Night to the theatre. 

There will be delicious South Asian snacks available to buy in the café from Gupta's Bombay Street Food and DJs from Divine Musiq  playing Bhangra, Bollywood and British Asian tunes every night in the Green Room Bar!

Come enjoy a vibrant festival of music, comedy, theatre, film and art in Watford.

Curated by: Ameet Chana and Pravesh Kumar

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For tickets visit: or call Box Office: 01923 225 671


Thursday 21 January

Film: Convenience

8pm, Main Auditorium

Followed by a talk with Ray Panthaki hosted by Ameet Chana at 9.30pm

Tickets: £8 Concessions: £6  

Box office: 01923 225 671 Book online:

Duration: 1 hour 26 minutes

Age Rating: 15

This BAFTA Cymru winning Comedy, best described as 'Clerks' meets 'A Dog Day Afternoon’ follows best friends Ajay (Ray Panthaki) and Shaan (Adeel Akhtar), as they attempt to rob a petrol station Convenience store to clear a debt owed to some Russian gangsters from a strip club. However, things don’t go exactly to plan when they discover that the petrol station’s safe is on a time lock and won’t open until 6am. Desperate and with their lives on the line, the hapless pair decide to tie up the feisty supervisor Levi (Vicky McClure), disguise themselves as workers and wait it out… with outrageous consequences. One night. Two men. Three hostages. No clue.


Facebook: conveniencemovie

Twitter: @conveniencefilm

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Friday 22 January

Scratch Performances: Rifco Associates

7pm, The Studio

SOLD OUT  join waiting list

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

15 minute scratch performances of new writing by four Rifco Associates from the theatre company’s artist development scheme.

Bollywood Rose by Sumerah Srivastav & Ajay Srivastav

Bollywood Rose follows the story of Nikita, a self-confessed 'dutiful girl' until she meets the man her parents want her to marry. Unable to voice her unhappiness and desperate to escape Nikita stumbles into the worst possible place - a romantic Bollywood movie.

Brownie Club by Jessica Lucia Andrade

Aerialist Jessica presents a physical comedy exploring how it feels to be a brown woman in Britain.

Salvage by Amarjit Bassan

A confident teenager is forced to question his role as the family saviour after his wayward brother unexpectedly arrives at his school.

Dragasauras by Yasmin Whittaker-Khan

A story of three British Asian drag queens all at different stages of their Drag life who are planning to start a club night in London.

Rifco Associates Blog:

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Friday 22 January

BBC Asian Network: Big Comedy Night

9pm, Main Auditorium


Duration: 1 hour 45 mins including interval

Recommended age: 16+

This event will be filmed for broadcast.

The BBC Asian Network bring their Big Comedy Night to Watford Palace Theatre. Breakfast show presenter Tommy Sandhu hosts some of the biggest UK stand-up comedians and spotlights the hottest new talent including Hardeep Singh Kohli, In Cahoots, Sindhu Vee, Sheraz Yousaf and Ahir Shah.

Facebook: BBCAsianNetwork

Twitter: @BBCAsianNetwork

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Saturday 23 January

MummyJi Presents...The Professionals 

with Arjun, Nihal, Nitin Ganatra, Shobu Kapoor, Amandeep Singh aka Inkquisitive & Sumeet Chopra.

7.30pm, Main Auditorium

Tickets: £10  

Box office: 01923 225 671 Book online:

Duration: TBC

MummyJi returns to Watford Palace Theatre to host another night of entertainment and comedy! This time the self-appointed queen of discovering talent has been through her Filofax of contacts and has invited her celeb friends over for a catch-up.

The stage will be converted into MummyJi’s larger than life, bright and extravagant living room; ready to host her guests - Singer-songwriter Arjun, DJ and Radio host Nihal, actor Nitin Ganatra (Eastenders), actress Shobu Kapoor (Citizen Khan), artist Amandeep Singh aka Inkquisitive and Music Composer Sumeet Chopra with the cast of forthcoming production Laila - The Musical.

MummyJi is played by Rina Fatania, Pandesh is played by Divian Ladwa.

Watch past MummyJi Presents… shows online here: MummyJi Presents Videos

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Friday 22 - Saturday 23 January

Exhibition: The Singh Project by Amit and Naroop 

11am-7pm, Foyer


The Singh Project pays tribute to British Sikh men. Photographed by Amit and Naroop over one year in their studio, the men who feature in the project include businessmen, boxers, IT professionals, doctors, fashion stylists, temple volunteers, magicians and representatives of a host of other occupations, all adapting and interpreting the Sikh traditions in their own way.

The turban and the beard are the most powerful and recognisable symbols of the identity of a Sikh man. The photographs celebrate that identity, aiming to capture the essence of modern Sikhism.

A marriage of their faith and talent, The Singh Project emerges from Amit and Naroop’s identity as British-born photographers with Punjabi Sikh roots.

Facebook: amitandnarooplondon

Instagram: @amitandnaroop

Twitter: @amitandnaroop

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Exhibition: Inkquisitive Illustrations 

11am -7pm, Green Room Bar


Artist Amandeep Singh AKA Inkquisitive is rapidly making a name for himself with his fresh and colourful artworks. He will be displaying his collection at the theatre to celebrate the British Asian Festival.

Facebook: InkquisitiveIllustration

Instagram: @Inkquisitive​

Twitter: @Inkquisitive

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Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ


By Train
20 minutes from London Euston. Nearest rail station, Watford Junction Station is a 10 minute walk, Watford High Street Station is a 12 minute walk.

From the M1
Exit at Junction 5, follow the A4008 signposting to Watford Town Centre, which brings you on to the one-way system by Intu Watford (the Watford ring road). Watford Palace Theatre is located at number 20 Clarendon Road. Clarendon Road is Service Road A from Watford Ring Road. 

From the M25
Exit at Junction 19 or 20, take the A411 to Watford bringing you onto the one-way system.

From the A41 (North)
Take the A411 (see M25 above).