Theatre Australian Premiere Canada

A Brimful of Asha

Why Not Theatre


★★★★ A delightful show full of wit and warmth.


In this ring it’s son versus mum. We don’t like his odds.

Ravi’s parents rolled with the punches when they learned he wanted to be—gasp!—an entertainer. But unmarried at 27? This will not stand.

Canadian actor, writer and director Ravi Jain’s A Brimful of Asha is the hilarious true story of a man whose Indian-born parents want only the best for him, whatever his thoughts on the matter. Derailing his work, arranging prospective brides and exposing their son to unending bouts of humiliation are all just part of their job description. What’s worse: even Ravi’s spotlight isn’t safe from his mother Asha’s meddling.

Aided by copious tea and samosas, mother and son take to the stage to spar over the supposed failure that is his life, delivering their respective takes on marriage and freedom, tradition and modernity. Stuffed full of humour and insight, this is the kind of battle only a deep love and affection can afford, and while Asha might not be the trained performer her son is, she’s a force of nature that will not be denied.

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Audio described performance

Sat 12 October 1pm

Download the descriptive pre-show notes about the set, characters and costumes here →

Presented with Urban Foodies

Cooking class with Asha Jain

Woolstore + Co (64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne)
Sun 13 October 11am—1pm

Join Asha Jain from A Brimful of Asha for a hands-on demonstration of how to make her favourite Indian cuisine, including drinks and a tasting session.

$19 for A Brimful of Asha ticket-holders / $29 for non-ticket holders

Bookings for this event are now closed.


For ages 16+. Suitable for vegetarians.

PHOTO | Cylla von Tiedemann

★★★★ Infectious, prompting everything from giggles to belly laughs.



Pioneering in its intimacy, yet unapologetically heartwarming.



  • With support from

  • Canada Council

Produced in collaboration with Richard Jordan Productions.