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‘Bollywood comes to Griffin -- sort of’.

In Australia, we like ‘em blonde and bronzed. In India, it’s ‘fair and lovely’. So what happens if you’re stuck in between?

John Green is an Anglo-Indian Australian actor who dreams of being cast in his favourite TV soap, Bondi Parade. The problem is, his coloured contacts can’t hide the fact that his skin is more brown than white.

Meanwhile, his skin-bleached mum is determined for him to procreate with a blonde, white Aussie woman in order to rid the family of any sign of their ethnic heritage. All hell breaks loose when John falls in love with an Indigenous woman called Sandy.

This very funny play by actor (and Bollywood leading-man) Nicholas Brown and comedian Sam McCool tells a universal tale of identity, cultural assimilation and bleaching your bits.

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Currency Press | 978-1-76062-028-8 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB


NICHOLAS BROWN is an actor, playwright, screenwriter, singer and songwriter. A NIDA graduate he has appeared in Indian/Bollywood films as well as Australian films and television.

SAM McCOOL is a writer, emcee and stand up comedian who speaks four languages and has travelled to over 60 countries. In 2016, he premiered his solo show Turning Thoughty on his 40th birthday at the Sydney Opera House and completed a World Tour including shows in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and at the Rio Olympics.