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Punjabi Boy
On from 05 Jul 2016 till 24 Jul 2016
All Around Town
by Amman Paul Singh Brar
Genre(s): New Writing
- £12.00

About: Punjabi Boy

You’ve heard of the Essex Man and the Hackney Hipster it’s time to meet the Punjabi Boys of Hounslow.

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.

“You’d forget you was Punjabi if you didn’t look in the mirror every now and then. I bet you never told your posho mates that you never even spoke English. We couldn’t speak English. Only Punjabi.”

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?

Punjabi Boy tells the moving and funny story of Gary (Gurinder) and his struggle to find a place in the world. The play looks at if you can fully assimilate, belong or even be happy in another culture that is not your own.

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.

Punjabi Boy was developed with the Royal Court Critical Mass writing group and Tamasha Theatre Company. It was developed at Rich Mix and is being supported by Tower Hamlets Council.

Featuring a talented cast of four actors (Amit Dhut, Avita Jay, Suzanne Kendall and Hassan Khan) Punjabi Boys is a new play exploring the complexities of the lives of young Asian men from West London.

Hounslow Arts Centre, The Treaty Centre, High Street, Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 1ES

Performances Tuesday – Saturday 7.45pm, Sundays at 2pm

Box Office: 0203 743 2329

Amman Paul Singh Brar was born and brought up in Hounslow, West London. He was educated at Hampton independent school & later in France. He was the first Artist in Residence at Tamasha Theatre Company (2005-6). In 2005 he was one of the Royal Court 50. He has written two plays with the Royal Court theatre, Punjabi Boy and La Vallee Blanche. In 2013 he produced, curated and wrote for the Alligator Club (a new writing collective) at the Bolton Octagon Theatre and Dukes, Lancaster.

Mukul Ahmed was homeschooled in Bangladesh by his mother. He trained as a doctor in Bulgaria and later developed an interest in community theatre that was nurtured by Tony Fegan of LIFT. He started his theatre career with The Half Moon Theatre and is an active community theatre activist. In 2007 he completed the Birkbeck MFA Theatre Directing programme. He helped launch TARA Studio in April 2007 as curator of the first season, Hotbed, for young and emerging BME directors. He has since gone onto direct a series of classics, new writing and play readings. Mukul has participated in the Step Change programme successfully and Staff Directed at the National Theatre, England. He has directed a bi-lingual Romeo & Juliet, Londonee by Gurpreet Bhatti (May2012) and Enigmas by Raminder Kaur (Sept 2014).

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