As soon as Sajeela starts the show, you know you are in very funny and very capable hands. It’s not for nothing that she is known for being one of the best, warmest and most engaging comperes around, as she gently eases the audience into the show about her own very poignant experiences of regrets and recovery from those regrets. The show is chock full of funny, life-affirming stories - about the loss of her father, how her family became refugees from Pakistan and being lost in the middle of a German forest (in a very funny parody of children’s fairytales).
Working through her relationship with her charismatic but errant father, her own son, her time wasted in the divorce courts and her Anglo-Asian background, she hits on veins of gold, culminating in hilarious stories about smoking, riding a bike, making chapattis and onanism. The very moving finale about leaving her father at the hospital before he died had this reviewer gently weeping and laughing at the same time. Not many shows are able to do this and Regret-Me-Nots does this in spades.
This show is definitely one to see if you want to laugh, cry and have yourself reminded of how short and precious life is and how laughing can help you through those regrets in your life. Take along some Kleenex too as you’ll need them when you laugh and when you weep. One thing is for sure, if you don’t see this show, you may regret it.
What Sajeela talks about: families, being Anglo-Asian, making chapattis, smoking.
Show Details: 6.20 pm, Venue 185, Laughing Horse, Espionage. BOOK HERE.