American Boy & Boom! 5 Minute Plays

Sold out
Part of Radar 2014

RADAR is the Bush Theatre's annual festival of new writing, featuring new shows, sneak peeks and a host of late-night events. Every night is different, so scroll down to see what's included in your ticket.

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

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

Photo & video

@bushtheatre

rinafatania
@rinafatania
18 May
What a cast! I cannot wait to see this by wonder-scribe @AmbreenRazia https://t.co/z3Dm4yAPmx
Anjli Mohindra
@AnjMohindra
18 May
🚨 Happening tonight! Really looking forward to having @bushtheatre's @DanielLBailey with us following FOXES to disc… https://t.co/SxVEGJt20C
Seven Dials Playhouse
@7DialsPlayhouse
18 May
About to see House of Ife at @bushtheatre. I am loving the traverse stage and I get to see the audience watch the s… https://t.co/4wsW6niwuB
Julene Robinson
@JuleneRobinson
18 May
ok vogue!!!!!! ?? 🫠 https://t.co/jpa3igXhAW
eleanor tindall
@eleanortindall_
18 May
United by grief - divided by secrets. #HouseOfIfe @bushtheatre is the ★★★★ "tense and fascinating" (Broadway World… https://t.co/na0ElFE48e
Afridiziak Theatre News
@Afridiziak
17 May

Bush Green

Conversations, dispatches and ideas from the Bush Theatre.

Go to BushGreen
Behind the Scenes on House of Ife: Costume Design

We caught up with House of Ife set and costume designer Frankie Bradshaw to find out more about her work as a designer and the reasons behind her inspiration for the costume on House of Ife.  What is the role of a costume designer? The role of a costume designer is really to think about…

Get ready to stream Red Pitch online

Red Pitch is set to stream from Monday 9 May. Have the full experience of the show and get ready with us. Book tickets here. Drinks & Snacks Make sure you’ve got your refreshments prepped! Our in-house mixologists designed a custom show cocktail, The Offside, and an alcohol-free mocktail, The Extra Time, for Red Pitch.…

MEET OUR 2021 EMERGING WRITERS’ GROUP

Our Emerging Writers’ Group (EWG) is in its seventh year with a new intake of six writers. Meet Nicole, Georgia, Dilan, Lydia, Jilly and Diyan. There’s so much to say about our new Emerging Writers’ Group that we’ve asked them to introduce themselves along with their favourite piece of writing Nicole Acquah is a multi-disciplinary…