‘An Adventure’, the latest play from Doctor Who Series 11 writer Vinay Patel, is set to open at London’s Bush Theatre next week.
The epic new drama from Patel, telling the story of Jyoti and her suitor Rasik, is inspired by the experiences of the playwright’s immigrant grandparents. ‘An Adventure’ spans seven decades and three continents, from post-partition India to Mau Mau-era Kenya and onwards to the UK and the present day:
“I’m not much now, I know, but I will be. So pick me Jyoti and I swear I will make us the greatest adventure you ever have.”
Premiering on 6th September 2018, ‘An Adventure’ is directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis. The show’s cast includes former Doctor Who actor Selva Rasalingam (The Power of Three) and actress Nila Aalia, who as well as appearing the 2006 Torchwood episode Out of Time will also be seen in the upcoming Bad Wolf fantasy drama for Sky One, A Discovery of Witches, alongside Alex Kingston. ‘An Adventure’ also stars Aysha Kala, Shubham Saraf, Anjana Vasan and Martins Inhangbe.
‘An Adventure’ has been penned by BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Vinay Patel. His first full-length play, True Brits, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014. Patel soon followed the success of this with his television debut, Murdered By My Father. The BBC drama went on to win the Royal Television Society Award for Best Single Drama in 2016 and was nominated for three BAFTAs.
Last week Patel was announced as part of the new writing team for the upcoming eleventh series of Doctor Who, joining fellow authors Malorie Blackman, Ed Hime, Pete McTighe and Joy Wilkinson to script an episode of the show for the first time. Speaking about writing for Doctor Who, Patel said:
“I grew up watching shows like Star Trek and Quantum Leap on the edge of my dad’s bed, and I loved how they managed to capture the imagination of a kid like me as well as acting as a moral compass. I never imagined that I’d get to write for Doctor Who – I was pretty thrilled.”
‘An Adventure’ will run at London’s Bush Theatre until 20th October 2018. More information on show dates, times and how to get tickets is available through Bush Theatre.
Sticks And Stones
With ‘An Adventure’ due to open next week, already running in theatres is ‘Sticks And Stones’, a second new play from Patel. Staged by Paines Plough in partnership with Theatr Clwyd as part of the company’s Roundabout season, the razor-sharp satire examines the consequences of miscommunication in an uncertain world.
‘Sticks and Stones’ stars Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson, and the play is directed by Stef O’Driscoll.
Having already enjoyed a stint at Theatr Clwyd, as well as Edinburgh’s Summerhall as part of the city’s Festival Fringe, ‘Sticks and Stones’ will be visiting the following theatres and cities over the course of the next few months:
- 7th-9th September: The Lowry, Salford Keys
- 13th-16th September: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
- 20th-23rd September: Roundabout, Marine Gardens, Margate
- 27th-30th September: Lighthouse, Poole
- 4th-7th October: Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln
- 11th-14th October: Appetite, Stoke-on-Trent
- 18th-21st October: Luton Culture, Luton
More details and ticket information on ‘Sticks and Stones’ can be found via Paines Plough’s website.