Shane Zaza leads the cast in Rufus Norris' production of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, adapted by David Hare from the award-winning book by Katherine Boo, which opens in the Olivier Space at the National Theatre on Tuesday 18th November.
Shane Zaza plays Abdul, a young man living in the slums surrounding Mumbai, whose life's ambition is to recycle enough rubbish to be able to afford a proper home. Following an array of vivid characters who are all struggling to survive, Behind the Beautiful Forevers charts the chasm between rich and poor and the harsh economic challenges faced by those in one of India's most disadvantaged communities.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers is Rufus Norris' first production for the National in his new role as Director of the National Theatre.
The production has gained several praiseworthy reviews, with Shane's performance particularly noted, for example in Michael Billington's review for The Guardian (****) which comments on how "In a vast cast there are also some outstanding performances [including] Shane Zaza as the determined Abdul." Paul Taylor in The Independent (****) also mentions how "At the heart of the thronging, kaleidoscopic show is the gentle, introverted figure of Abdul (terrific Shane Zaza)."
The show plays in rep until April 2015 and more information can be viewed on the National Theatre website.