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Rifco Arts

Rifco Arts produces vibrant, accessible, high quality, mid and studio scale theatre that reflects and celebrates the contemporary British Asian experience.

As well as touring nationally with a focus on enticing and engaging new audiences, Rifco Arts also run outreach projects locally in Watford.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £230,000
  • 2013-2014: £230,000
  • 2014-2015: £230,000

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MummyJi Presents 2013

Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre, the team that brought you Britain's Got Bhangra and Break The Floorboards, once again brought audiences MummyJi Presents. Back by popluar demand, MummyJi returned to Watford Palace Theatre to host another night of entertainment and comedy. MummyJi once again searched the nation to discover some of the best British Asian talent and invited 6 impressive acts to showcase their skills at her Diwali soiree. Performers: AK Bollywood Dance - Dance group Amerah Saleh - Spoken word artist Babar 'Future' Khan - Beatboxer Rekha Sawhney - Hindi singer-songwriter Shahid Khan - Singer Sukh Ojla - Comedy performance

MummyJi Presents 2013 - Highlights

Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre, the team that brought you Britain's Got Bhangra and Break The Floorboards, once again brought audiences MummyJi Presents. Back by popluar demand, MummyJi returned to Watford Palace Theatre to host another night of entertainment and comedy. MummyJi once again searched the nation to discover some of the best British Asian talent and invited 6 impressive acts to showcase their skills at her Diwali soiree. Performers: AK Bollywood Dance - Dance group Amerah Saleh - Spoken word artist Babar 'Future' Khan - Beatboxer Rekha Sawhney - Hindi singer-songwriter Shahid Khan - Singer Sukh Ojla - Comedy performance

MummyJi Presents 2012 - Ep. 3 feat. Ministry of Dhol, Rita Morar & Nehal Bhogaita

During a dream, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, calls upon MummyJi to find and launch new British Asian talent. Taking on this important duty, she has searched all over the UK for up-and-coming singers, dancers and musicians and is now ready to introduce them to the world... from her living room! Episode 3.: Featuring Ministry of Dhol, Hindi singer-songwriter Rita Morar and deaf Bollywood dancer Nehal Bhogaita. Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre Presentation for The Space (BBC and Arts Council of England).

MummyJi Presents 2012 - Ep. 3 feat. The Tuts, Muntaqa & Kuran

During a dream, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, calls upon MummyJi to find and launch new British Asian talent. Taking on this important duty, she has searched all over the UK for up-and-coming singers, dancers and musicians and is now ready to introduce them to the world... from her living room! Episode 2.: Featuring indie girl band The Tuts, body popper Muntaqa Dar and singer-songwriter Kuran Dohil. Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre Presentation for The Space (BBC and Arts Council of England).

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MummyJi Presents 2012 - Ep. 1 feat. Ali Abbas, Soumik Datta & Asian Street Remix

During a dream, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, calls upon MummyJi to find and launch new British Asian talent. Taking on this important duty, she has searched all over the UK for up-and-coming singers, dancers and musicians and is now ready to introduce them to the world... from her living room! Episode 1: Sufi and Qawwali influenced singer Ali Abbas, classical Indian musician Soumik Datta and Bhangra fusion group Asian Street Remix. Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre Presentation for The Space (BBC and Arts Council of England).

MummyJi Needs You - Talent Search

This Diwali, Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre bring you MUMMYJI PRESENTS. MummyJi returns to Watford Palace Theatre to host another night of entertainment and comedy. After successfully showcasing a number of acts last year, MummyJi is continuing her mission to search out the best new talent, introducing you to more fresh and exciting British Asian variety artists. Join MummyJi in her living room as she gets to meet some amazing performers, in a fun filled evening of dancing, singing and much more. Tickets now on sale at Watford Palace Theatre 7 - 9 november 2013. ***MummyJi is giving YOU a chance to BE PART OF THE SHOW!*** Singers, rappers, vocal groups, dancers, dance troupes, musicians, poets, magicians, ventriloquists, sports tricksters, gymnasts... whatever your talent, we want you to show us! To apply send an email to talent@rifcoarts.com with: 1. your details -- name, age, address, telephone number AND 2. a file (video or sound) and/or a link (facebook fan page, myspace, youtube etc) of you clearly presenting your talent. MummyJi Presents 2012 - WATCH BACK Watch all 9 talented acts from last year's show perform live and in full, from beautiful Hindi singing to girl power Rock, Sufi to soul, electrifying body popping to energetic Bhangra and plenty more here: http://thespace.org/items/e00017kq

Break The Floorboards - Press Night & Reviews

From the award-winning producers that brought you 'Britain's Got Bhangra'. Rifco Arts and Watford Palace Theatre present 'Break The Floorboards'. Bollywood meets Street dance! All Zain wants to do dance, but his family, the local fascists and his two left feet are getting in the way. Fusing the captivating dance styles of Bollywood and Street, this is the tale of one young boy's attempts to escape the grim reality of his recession-hit hometown and turn his life into the glittering world of his Bollywood fantasies. For info and tickets: http://rifcoarts.com/shows/break-the-floorboards Watford Palace Theatre: 3 - 11 May Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry: 21 - 25 May Oxford Playhouse: 30 May - 1 June Oldham Coliseum Theatre: 4 - 8 June Key Theatre, Peterborough: 11 - 15 June Theatre Royal Windsor: 18 - 22 June

Break The Floorboards - Behind The Show

Find out more about 'Break The Floorboards' from the cast and creatives. From the award-winning producers that brought you 'Britain's Got Bhangra'. Rifco Arts and Watford Palace Theatre present 'Break The Floorboards'. Bollywood meets Street dance! All Zain wants to do dance, but his family, the local fascists and his two left feet are getting in the way. Fusing the captivating dance styles of Bollywood and Street, this is the tale of one young boy's attempts to escape the grim reality of his recession-hit hometown and turn his life into the glittering world of his Bollywood fantasies. For info and tickets: http://rifcoarts.com/shows/break-the-floorboards Watford Palace Theatre: 3 - 11 May Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry: 21 - 25 May Oxford Playhouse: 30 May - 1 June Oldham Coliseum Theatre: 4 - 8 June Key Theatre, Peterborough: 11 - 15 June Theatre Royal Windsor: 18 - 22 June

Break The Floorboards - Comedy dance drama - Bollywood meets Street

From the award-winning producers that brought you 'Britain's Got Bhangra'. Rifco Arts and Watford Palace Theatre present 'Break The Floorboards'. Bollywood meets Street dance! All Zain wants to do dance, but his family, the local fascists and his two left feet are getting in the way. Fusing the captivating dance styles of Bollywood and Street, this is the tale of one young boy's attempts to escape the grim reality of his recession-hit hometown and turn his life into the glittering world of his Bollywood fantasies. http://rifcoarts.com/shows/break-the-floorboards Watford Palace Theatre: 3 - 11 May Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry: 21 - 25 May Oxford Playhouse: 30 May - 1 June Oldham Coliseum Theatre: 4 - 8 June Key Theatre, Peterborough: 11 - 15 June Theatre Royal Windsor: 18 - 22 June

MummyJi Presents - Highlights

For the first time, audiences were able to enjoy all the splendour and entertainment of a Rifco Arts show from anywhere in the world online The stage was converted into MummyJi's larger than life, bright and extravagant living room; ready to host a variety of spectacular performances and comedy sketches. Watch all 9 talented acts perform live and in full, from beautiful Hindi singing to girl power Rock, Sufi to soul, electrifying body popping to energetic Bhangra and plenty more here: http://thespace.org/items/e00017kq Written and Directed by Pravesh Kumar. Produced by Rifco Arts and Watford Palace Theatre. Commissioned by BBC and Arts Council for www.thespace.org 2012. http://www.rifcoarts.com

Sophiya Haque Tribute - I Got The Power (Britain's Got Bhangra 2010)

A tribute to Sophiya Haque by Rifco Arts. Taken from archive footage of the 2010 Britain's Got Bhangra tour. "Sophie, was one of the most talented actresses I have ever worked with. A genuine warm and generous spirit, who deserved the title of Diva. We will all miss you SO much. Keep shining Sophie - You Got The Power! " Pravesh Kumar, Creative Director, Rifco Arts. Nominated for Best Actress 2010 Off West End Awards - Britain's Got Bhangra. "Haque fulfils the brief exquisitely." The Stage Written and Directed by Pravesh Kumar, Composed by Sumeet Chopra, Lyrics by Dougal Irvine. First produced in 2010 A Rifco Arts and Theatre Royal Stratford East Production in Association with Warwick Arts Centre. http://rifcoarts.com/

Airport 2000

This huge sell out success and hit comedy about British Asian's and travel was Rifco Arts first production. A comedy show based in and around Heathrow Airport. Park the car illegally, check-in late, demand a first class seat, plead poverty for excess baggage, haggle in the duty free shop, talk throughout the in-flight movie, snore in stereo, smuggle pickles and fight with the customs. Airport 2000 is filled with a whole host of hilarious characters who live, work and travel through the airport.

Bollywood - Yet another Love story

A larger than life Bollywood style love story is brought to life on stage. Full of glitz, glamour, drama, romance and comedy. A sideways and firmly tongue in cheek look at the gaudy, glitzy and glamorous world of Bollywood. The Bollywood film experience, live on stage with all its glories and clichés!

Meri Christmas

Meri Christmas offers an entertaining and thought provoking exploration of shifting trends which have led to more and more Asian elders being removed from their families to live in homes for the elderly. The show was developed through conversations with elder members of the community. A risky subject dealing with two Asian elderly patients living in a care home; but an entertaining and thought provoking script proved to be a crowd pleaser.

It ain't all Bollywood

To hide from the harshness of her surroundings and her neurotic overbearing mother, Kiran escapes into the colourful world of Bollywood. Drifting off into a dream world filled with the glamour and romance of Bollywood songs and theatrics - a world far from the real dramas at home. The ringing of the doorbell and rekindling of an old friendship starts to bring Kiran back to reality- where she is forced to deal with the truth. First opened at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008, and toured the UK and the World Performing Arts Festival in Pakistan.

Where's my Desi Soulmate?

The show followed Rishi and Sona through their will-they-won't-they whirlwind wedding circus. They've just met and now they're getting married. Although this was their decision, the wedding procession is moving faster. While their frenzied families go into overdrive to ensure this is the most elaborate wedding Slough has ever seen, the young couple's cold feet threaten to enter the wedding mandap; and while the missing ladoos continue to cause mayhem, years of family conflict bubbling under the surface looks likely to spill over.

Deranged Marriage

The show followed Rishi and Sona through their will-they-won't-they whirlwind wedding circus. They've just met and now they're getting married. Although this was their decision, the wedding procession is moving faster. While their frenzied families go into overdrive to ensure this is the most elaborate wedding Slough has ever seen, the young couple's cold feet threaten to enter the wedding mandap; and while the missing ladoos continue to cause mayhem, years of family conflict bubbling under the surface looks likely to spill over.

There's something about Simmy

Simmy is an "imported" Indian bride whose marriage isn't off to a good start. Her husband Raj runs away on their wedding night, leaving Simmy alone with her crazy new family. A community conscious mother-in-law, a diabetic granddad obsessed with biscuits and Mindy, her neurotic sister in law. Not allowed to leave the house in case the Aunties become suspicious, she regrets ever setting foot in the UK. When her brother-in-law arrives back at home, an unexpected love story starts to unfold, hidden from the prying community. Will Harry and Simmy confront the community living in a time warp?

Britain's Got Bhangra

Shake your shoulders, twist that light bulb; this is the story of how Britain Got Bhangra! Set in Southall, the story follows Twinkle, a gifted singer who goes from being a van driver to a Bhangra star of the 80's. This imaginative musical takes us through his personal journey of highs and lows amidst multicultural Britain and the evolution of the Asian music scene. Winner -- People's Favorite Musical Off West End Awards Nominee -- Best Musical Production TMA Awards Nominee -- Best New Musical What's On Stage Awards Nominee -- Best Musical Off West End Awards

Mummyji is looking for Talent!

No longer accepting entries for MummyJi Presents. Show will be online in autumn 2012 on http://www.thespace.org We are looking for emerging British Asian talent! So if you are a singer, dancer, poet, juggler, (whatever your talent) send us an email at talent@rifcoarts.com telling or showing us what you can do - email video clips if you have. You could be chosen to be on one of the episodes for the new BBC channel and on our grand show that will be streamed live!

Britain's Got Bhangra - "ITS AMAZING!!"

Even more great public reviews for Britain's Got Bhangra. Make sure you book your tickets for the last two venues of our 5 STAR musical before we sell out! Oldham Coliseum 8th - 12th November 0161 624 2829 Warwick Arts Centre 15th - 27th November 024 7652 4524 www.rifcoarts.com

Britain's Got Bhangra - Hackney, London & Windsor Reviews

Book your tickets now for the rest of the tour: *THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR *18th - 22nd October *WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE *25th - 29th October *OLDHAM COLISEUM* 8th - 12th November *WARWICK ARTS CENTRE *15th -- 27th November www.rifcoarts.com

Britain's Got Bhangra - "We loved it"

Britains Got Bhangra 2011 Audience Feedback Orchard Theatre, Dartford 1

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