The old lady on this train is looking at me, staring at me, she's been doing it since New Eltham, I can feel her eyes on the sweat on my neck. I turn ro catch her out, and she flicks her head back to her book, like she's subtle, but she ain't. I wish she'd just punch me, y'know? The punch I can take, but the look . . . all these frightened half-glances they . . . they just . . .
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, HighTide Escalator writer Vinay Patel's debut play is an honest, humorous, hopeful play about wanting to love and be loved. By your crush. By your friends. By your country. True Brits received its world premiere on 31 July 2014 at the Assembly Hall, Baillie Room, Edinburgh.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 70 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 3 mm
Patel's play delicately unpicks the knotty issue of British identity as well as touching on issues of racism. It's funny and done with an elegantly light touch * The Stage *
Patel is definitely an emerging talent, unafraid to tackle the biggest issues head-on. * Daily Telegraph *
beautifully written . . . a graceful, satirical wit that strikes to the very heart of nationalism and identity * Whatsonstage *
A subtly compelling debut * Scotsman *
Patel writes with complete honesty and unforced poetry about a young man swept up in the tides of contemporary history . . . this is a play with real heart that loudly asks the questions we can't afford to ignore about how we might all wave a flag together. * Guardian *