MEHNDI is the Muslim equivalent of a hen night, only without the alcopop binges and puke.
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Ripa acts as narrator, too, in this cracking piece of community theatre, which is played in a sparky, out-front style by its vibrant cast of 10 young women. Like some stylised latter-day Muslim take on Jack Rosenthal's Barmitzvah Boy, which captured the Jewish East End so well, Kennedy, director Julia Voce and the cast have crafted a 35-minute meditation on acceptance and reconciliation that's light, bright and is blessed with theatrical verve. As the cast themselves put it so well, life, like a samosa, is for sharing.