The Writer in Residence programme is part of the Bush Theatre’s commitment to celebrating legacy and providing opportunities for writers at every level of their career. In this post, Vinay Patel will support the Bush Theatre’s literary and programming teams by mentoring emerging artists, as well as writing a full-length play during the course of his residency.
Vinay is a playwright and screenwriter who began his relationship with the Bush Theatre in 2014, after his debut play True Brits transferred to the theatre from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. An Adventure, Patel’s epic family drama spanning seven decades and three continents opened at the Bush in 2018 to both critical and audience acclaim.
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 subsequently 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.
‘The Bush is my home. It encouraged my early aspirations and backed me to reach them on my own terms. So I’m thrilled to join the theatre as it reopens and support it in being a place of honesty, ambition and joy in an uncertain world.’ Vinay Patel