Rescue Me



Rukhsana is a successful lawyer in her late 20s, living in London where she shares a house with Arif, who, like her, is British Bengali.

When her mother has a heart attack, Rukshana returns to Dhaka to be with her family.

Then she calls Arif.

Her parents have taken her mobile and her passport.

And they won't let her leave the house.

She's very scared.

Arif flies out to Dhaka, the city where he was born, to see if he can find her.

With the help of James, at the British High Commission, he embarks on a search which forces him to examine his own past.

Arif...Richard Sumitro

James...Tony Bell

Rukhsana...Nisha Nayar

Munera...Nina Wadia

Shaqueeb...Shiv Grewal

Mother/Nurse...Shobu Kapur

Cabbie/ Priest...Bhasker Patel

Written by Tanika Gupta

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

Tanika Gupta (writer) was born in 1963 in Chiswick, and is a British playwright of Bengali origin.

She has written for television, including for East Enders, Grange Hill, A Suitable Boy, The Bill, Crossroads, and adaptations and original radio plays for BBC Radio.

She also wrote for the Asian network soap, Silver Street, and the BBC World Service soap, Westway.

Her adaptation of Hobson's Choice (2003) played at the Young Vic; Fragile Land (2003) at Hampstead; and Gladiator Games (2005) at Sheffield Crucible and Stratford East theatres.

A group play, Catch (2006), was performed at the Royal Court Theatre, and White Boy (2008) at the National Youth Theatre/Soho.

Tanika Gupta was awarded an MBE in 2008.

By Tanika Gupta.

Arif sets out on a journey to his childhood home in Bangladesh.