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Mushy – Lyrically Speaking

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours (Including Interval)
  • Age Guidance: 8+
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MUSHY: Lyrically Speaking tells the story of a boy without a voice and the teacher who helped him to find it.

An uplifting tale inspired by the true story of a Musharaf Asghar (Educating Yorkshire).  Mushy, a young man with a debilitating stammer, has always found himself on the outside desperate to find his voice and his place in the world. Suddenly he is thrust into the lime light of primetime television and the nation is watching as he begins to find the ability to speak through music. Told through rap and lyrical narration, Rifco Theatre Company bring you the world premiere of this heart-warming new play written by Pravesh Kumar (Laila The Musical, The Deranged Marriage) and award-winning British Rapper Raxstar (Keep It Undercover).

Starring Varun Raj (Dubailand, Baar Baar Dekho), Oliver Longstaff (Operation Neptune, Absurd Person Singular) and Medhavi Patel (Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree, Women of the Mahabharata). Directed by Ameet Chana.

Book by Pravesh Kumar, Lyrics by Raxstar.  Inspired by a true story. Yorkshire, 2013.

Rifco Theatre Company present a Rifco Studio production


Cast & Credits

Director Ameet Chana / Designer Designer Eleanor Bull / Lighting Designer Robbie Butler / Composer Arun Ghosh / Sound Designer Chris Murray / Movement Director Kate Webster / Dramaturge Nic Wass /

  • Cast Member Image
    Varun Raj
    as Mushy
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    Medhavi Patel
    as Ammi
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    Oliver Longstaff
    as Mr Burton


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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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