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Brunch with a Playwright

A summer season of in-depth conversations with celebrated British South Asian playwrights.

Rifco Theatre Company are thrilled to present a series of free Brunch-time Q&As with some of Britain’s most prolific South Asian Playwrights. 

Hosted by Rifco's Associate Director, Ameet Chana, who will be giving you an insight into their process, where their journeys started, how they got to where they are now and what the future may hold for them. 

Sign up now to join in live! Limited slots available on a first come first serve basis. Missed out the live sessions? Request to receive the recording via the sign up form below.


Vinay Patel 

Wednesday 29th July | 11am - 12pm

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Vinay’s debut play, True Brits, opened at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, before transferring to the Bush Theatre and Vault Festival. His latest play, An Adventure, ran at the Bush in late 2018. His first piece for television, Murdered By My Father, won the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama and was nominated for three BAFTAs. Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work.

He has since written for Paines Plough, ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI, as well as contributing to the bestselling collection of essays, The Good Immigrant. Most recently, Vinay wrote for the 11th and 12th series of Doctor Who - receiving a Hugo nomination - and is developing further projects for TV, theatre and film.



Harvey Virdi

Wednesday 12th August | 11am - 12pm

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Harvey Virdi is an actress and playwright, with an array of film, TV and theatre credits. She currently stars as Dr. Misbaah Malika in the popular soap Hollyoaks. She has also starred in Bend It Like Beckham, Citzen Khan and Not Going Out

On stage Harvey has not only performed in theatres across the country, but also has a number of writing credits, including popular Rifco shows Meri Christmas, Happy Birthday Sunita, and Miss Meena and the Masala Queens





Tanika Gupta

Wednesday 26th August | 11am - 12pm 

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Over the past 25 years Tanika has written over 25 stage plays that have been produced in major theatres across the UK and has written extensively for BBC Radio drama. Some of her theatre credits include: A Doll’s House (Lyric Hammersmith)Red Dust Road – adaptation of Jackie Kay’s memoir (NT Scotland)Bones (Central School for Speech and Drama); Hobson’s Choice (Manchester Royal Exchange); Lions And Tigers (Globe Theatre) - Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2018. 

In 2008 Tanika was awarded an MBE for Services to Drama and in 2016 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Tanika has an honorary doctorate in the Arts from Chichester University and is an Honorary Fellow at Rose Bruford College and Central School of Speech and Drama. She won the James Tait Black award in 2018 for her play Lions and Tigers.



Gurpreet K Bhatti

Wednesday 16th September | 11am - 12pm 

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Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti writes for stage, screen and radio. Her first play Besharam (Shameless) broke box office records at Soho Theatre and the Birmingham Rep. BEHZTI (DISHONOUR) was sensationally closed after protests at the Birmingham Rep in December 2004. BEHZTI won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the play was then translated into French and did sell-out tours in France and Belgium. BEHUD (BEYOND BELIEF) was co-produced by Soho Theatre and Coventry Belgrade and shortlisted for the John Whiting Award. KHANDAN had a sell out run at the Birmingham Rep before transferring to the Royal Court. 

Her latest play A KIND OF PEOPLE opened at the Royal Court Downstairs in December 2019. She is currently writing screenplays for Moonage Pictures, Cuba Pictures and Martha Stone Productions. She is also adapting Sathnam Sanghera’s MARRIAGE MATERIAL for the Birmingham Rep.