Amit Dhut- Punjabi Boy

Amit will be featuring in the production of Punjabi Boy at the Hounslow Arts Centre from the 5th until the 24th July.

Gary (Gurinder) and Bob are best friends growing up in Hounslow and while Bob (Balvinder) is your archetypal ‘Punjabi Boy’ who’s loud, enjoys eating Tandoori chicken and drinking whisky. Gary likes to spend his days reading Jean-Paul Sartre and speaking French.

Gary wants to find his place in the world, so he escapes West London and his own Punjabi community to study in France. Here, he discovers for the first time in his life that being Indian is interesting! However, when he falls for Aurelie, the first girl he meets, life starts to get complicated in ways he never imagined. Can Gary find love and a home in France or will he return to England and his own community?

Directed by Mukul Ahmed, Punjabi Boy is a recipient of the BBC Writersroom10 award for new writing. The play explores Asian masculinity, relationships and friendship. “I wanted to write a play about an Asian lad who speaks French. I’d never seen that before and it inspired me,” says writer, Amman Brar whose life is not too dissimilar to that of Gary’s. Brar grew up in Hounslow and later went to the University of Nantes, where he smoked Gauloises cigarettes, drank coffee and read Sartre, while studying for a degree in European economics. He argues that there are not enough plays about “sensitive Asian men” and set out to put that right.

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Rosie Thomson- Shangri-La

Rosie is playing the role of Sylvia and Hope in the production of Shangria-La at the Finborough Theatre from the 12th July until the 6th August.

Part of the Finborough Theatre’s summer season of new writing, the world premiere of a first play by an exciting new playwright, Shangri-La by Amy Ng and it will be directed by Charlotte Westenra.

Shangri-La is not a myth. Shangri-La is a place. The Himalayan foothills of China’s Yunnan Province were officially renamed ‘Shangri-La‘ in a successful bid for the tourist dollar.

Bunny, a young indigenous woman, has witnessed her family’s livelihood destroyed by mass tourism. She dreams of escape — as a globe-trotting photographer. Nelson, her liberal Chinese boss, dreams of a new kind of tourism that’s sustainable and enables genuine cultural exchange. Their white Western clients yearn for escape, for the touch of something authentic. These desires collide head on in Shangri-La.

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Freddy Elletson- The Daily Plays 4

Freddy will be performing in The Daily Plays 4 on the 19th June at 4pm and 8pm at The Pleasance, London.

Etch, Squint and Pleasance present The Daily Plays. Six new short plays from six of Britain’s most exciting theatre writers, all written in rapid response to this week’s political news.

SIX writers.
SIX newspapers.
SIX new short plays.

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Lara Clear – Secrets

Lara is playing the role of Lesley best friend to the lead Secret Jenkins played by Denyce Lawton in Secrets. Secrets gets it premiere at  The American Black Film Festival in Miami on June 17th. The film will be on general release in the United States in September.

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