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True Brits

10-19th April 2014
by Vinay Patel

Loudly asks the questions we can’t afford to ignore about how we might all wave a flag together

The Guardian

A HighTide co-production with Rich Mason Productions.

Um, I did Google it though, there were only two Asians in Team GB. Out of five hundred and forty two athletes. And one of them was called "Neil Taylor". Does that count?

When a violent encounter leads to a whirlwind romance, young Rahul is more than willing to be caught up. But in the aftermath of 7/7, his world changes in ways he cannot control, drawing him into ever-darker places as he struggles to remain part of a British society that now distrusts him on sight.

Sweeping between the paranoid London of 2005 and the euphoric city of the 2012 Olympics, the debut play by Vinay Patel (HighTide Escalator Programme and BBC competition-winning writer) is an honest, humorous, hopeful play about wanting to love and be loved. By your crush. By your friends. By your country.

True Brits was performed at HighTide Festival 2014, VAULT Festival 2015, and at the Park Theatre.

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Cast & Creatives

  • Sid Sagar
  • Vinay Patel Writer

    Vinay Patel's debut play, True Brits, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre as part of RADAR Festival and headlined Vault Festival in February 2015. His next play, Free Fall, ran at the Pleasance Islington in October 2014 and was nominated for three Off West End Awards.

    He was selected for the Kudos/Bush Initiative 2014, Channel 4 4Screenwriting 2015 and has written an Original Drama Short for BBC iPlayer. His television debut, Murdered By My Fatherwas released on BBC3 in March 2016 and repeated on BBC1 in April.

    He is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and Theatre503 as well as developing projects for ITV1, the BBC, and the BFI.

  • Tanith Lindon Director
  • Tim Bray Lighting Designer
  • Rich Mason Rich Mason
  • Jon McLeod Sound & Music Designer