People talk. Rumours spread. No one approves. In greasy spoons and hotel rooms, two young believers are reluctantly falling in love. Gabby and Mush are united by a mutual love of hummus, but they remain stubbornly at odds over faith and family ties. Cultural pressures and contemporary life collide in this stirring new play by Karla Crome.
Mush and Me was inspired by lead actress' Great Aunty Nancy, who is a 101-year-old Jewish woman. When she was in her early twenties she received a marriage proposal from a non-Jewish man. She declined on account of her family's disapproval. What is the modern-day equivalent? The idea of a fractious flirtation between a Jewish girl and a Muslim guy took seed, and Gabby and Mush were born. Theirs is a modern love story for multicultural Britain, which asks: are interfaith relationships limiting or liberating? Do they constitute a mark of betrayal or a sign of progress?
Karla Crome is best known for her acting work. She played Riley in Sky Atlantic's Hit and Miss alongside US-star Chloe Sevingy. She subsequently worked with globally acclaimed director of The Killing, Birger Larsen, in the BAFTA award winning Murder for BBC2, in which she played the lead. Both performances won her a place in Screen International's 2012 'Stars of Tomorrow', one of the most influential new talent round-ups in the business (past candidates include Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Dominic Cooper). Karla also plays series regular Jess in Seasons 4 and 5 of E4 flagship drama Misfits, and Aisling in Season 2 of the BBC's Prisoners' Wives. Karla’s writing work includes Our Days of Rage, (co-written for the Old Vic Tunnels), which explored the devastation caused by the Arab Spring. NYT subsequently commissioned Karla to write If Chloe Can, a stage play about the pressures young women face when considering career options. As of 2013, the play has been developed and is currently touring UK universities.