My Big Fat Cow Pat Wedding (2014-2016)
By Sayan Kent
You are invited to join the guests at Clare and Arjun’s wedding reception. It’s a celebration of a mixed marriage between a country girl and a lad from the city, with all their friends and family. What could possibly go wrong?
This fast moving new comedy drama is full of mishaps and misunderstanding with plenty of neat twists and a disco Bhangra dance for everyone to join in at the end. Everyone loves a wedding don’t they? The cast of four play the bride, groom, father of the bride and mother of the groom, along with a multitude of other characters who make an appearance at the wedding.
Based on real people’s experience of mixed marriages or rural weddings attended by city dwellers out of their comfort zone, this is a fun, light hearted exploration of relationships across the divides of rural/urban, race and gender.
The play is a new three way co-commission from Black Country Touring, Arts Alive and Kali Theatre and is based on the lives and stories of local people. The show is toured between October – November 2014 visiting venues and village halls across Shropshire and the Black Country. The show also ran for two dates at the Southbank Centre in London as part of Alchemy in May 2015 alongside two further dates in Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
It has now being confirmed My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding will be touring once again in Autumn 2016 after a successful strategic touring bid from Arts Council England.
Here’s what the audience thought from our opening night at Newhampton Arts Centre (Wolverhampton). Interviews and filming by Vimal Korpal: