By Harvey Virdi.
Rauf and Malkeet share an unlikely friendship.
A tender story about two British Asian elders who have more in common than they care to admit.
For comically bombastic Malkeet and romantic Rauf, retirement has turned out very differently from expectations, so they spend their days passing time in the local park.
Inspired by interviews and research, Harvey Virdi's play explores the taboo subject of Asian elders neglected by their children.
It was originally commissioned and performed as Meri Christmas, a stage play for Rifco Arts.
Malkeet - Shelley King
Rauf - Paul Bhattacharjee
Agnes - Ambur Khan
Amir - Inam Mirza
Daljit - Rina Mahoney
Bubloo - Pushpinder Chani
Produced and directed by Fiona Kelcher
Harvey Virdi is an actor and writer.
Her writing credits include "Two Old Ladies" for Leicester Haymarket (co-written with Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti), "Meri Christmas" for Rifco Arts, and "Where's My Desi Soul Mate?" (co-written with Sonia Likhari).
Recent acting credits include "Arabian Nights" for the RSC, "England People Very Nice" at the National Theatre, and "Tiger Country" at Hampstead Theatre.
Two Asian elders have more in common than they care to admit.
Just before the BBC Philarmonic plays a Prom in the Park in Salford, the poet Anjum Malik brings to life the historic and beautiful Buile Park.
Drawing on her own childhood picnics in the parks of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Bradford, she reflects on the importance of parks in city life and what Buile Hill Park means to the different cultures of Salford.
Walking in the footsteps of Lowry, this first person essay recorded on location defines what the city has lost and more importantly found.
Producer: Rebecca Stratford.
Poet Anjum Malik reflects on the historic and beautiful Buile Park in Salford.