American Boy & Boom! 5 Minute Plays

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American Boy

by Hetain Patel
Co-produced and Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, London. Co-produced by BDE London 2012 Consortium.
Following the success of his performance works TEN and Be Like Water, visual artist and performer, Hetain Patel takes once again to the stage, this time as a solo performer.

Delving into American movie and homegrown TV culture, Patel reveals how much movies influence us and in a personal and humorous take on identity shape-shifting shakes up our conception of who we are. Through a playful synthesis of vocal and physical imitations, he conjures up film characters from his playground days: see Agent Smith from the Matrix get physical with Spider-Man whilst Eddie Murphy argues with Michael Caine. American Boy follows Hetain’s international success with the TED Talk version of his stage work Be Like Water, recently reaching over 2 million views. Hetain is a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate and a Live at LICA supported Artist.

 


 

‘Boom!’ Five minute plays

presented by Team Angelica
10 writers from vastly different backgrounds, tear up the rulebooks and reinvent the art of storytelling. An hour of breathless, thrilling, diverse, visionary entertainment. New writing at its most raw and relevant.

 


 

Cast, Creatives and Credits

American Boy
Writer & Performer Hetain Patel (using quotes from films)
Dramaturgs Michael Pinchbeck, Eva Martinez
Associate Choreographer Lorena Randi
Light Design Jackie Shemesh
Costume Hetain Patel
Video & Set Design Jackie Shemesh, Hetain Patel
Production Manager Austin Lawler
Digital Consultant Barret Hodgson
Producer Gwen Van Spijk
Co-produced and Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, London. Co-produced by BDE London 2012 Consortium. Development supported by Mercy, Liverpool, and Penned in the Margins, London. American Boy is supported with public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

 

‘Boom!’ Five minute plays
Writers Aaron Gordon, Amina Zia, Bradley Peter, Daniel York, Jay Brown, Robert Chevara, Sharmila Chauhan, Stuart Mackenzie, Tina Chiang, Tom Ross Williams
Director Rikki Beadle-Blair and the writers

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Adopting the alter egos of movie and comicbook characters, the performance artist shape-shifts with delicious dexterity...Marvellous.
The Guardian on American Boy

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