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Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti

GURPREET KAUR BHATTI  

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Independent Talent Group Limited  

Gurpreet Bhatti was born in Watford. She studied modern languages at Bristol University and has worked extensively as a journalist, refuge worker and actress. Her first play, Behsharam was commissioned by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. This led to her writing regularly for Eastenders and for Westway (BBC World Service). Her half hour film Dead Meat was produced by Channel 4 as part of the Dogma TV season. Other credits include Crossroads (Carlton) and Two Old Ladies(Leicester Haymarket). Gurpreet has series ideas in development with Carlton Television and the BBC and is also under commission to Theatre Royal Stratford east. Behsharam opened at Soho Theatre in October 2001 before transferring to the Birmingham Rep.

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below is a list of Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Behhudth (Beyond Belief)         Behsharam (Shameless)         Behzti (Dishonour)         Come to Where I am From         Khandan (Family)         Two Old Ladies



Behhudth (Beyond Belief)

Behhudth (Beyond Belief)
In Behud, a playwright attempts to make sense of the past by visiting the darkest corners of her imagination. It's a "playful and provocative response to the events surrounding Behzti, and the story of an artist struggling to be heard."

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part of Central Lines: Soho theatre And theatre Royal, Stratford east join forces for A 2-week season of new play readings. Fresh And exciting, these new plays All share the concerns of culture, identity, race And religion in modern Britain.

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Oberon Books, London, 2010 >>>, 2001   978-1849430968

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Behsharam (Shameless)

Behsharam (Shameless)
Two daughters, two mothers, one father, a cardboard cut-out and a foul-mouthed granny - a household at war with itself, and a family which will do anything to protect its' secrets. Behsharam (Shameless) follows second generation sisters, Jaspal and Sati, through the fantasies, dysfunctions and obsessions of their extraordinary extended family. Set in Birmingham, this is a bold, disturbing and at times hilarious exploration of the British Asian experience.

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Birmingham Rep Theatre Company

1st Published:
Oberon Books, London >>>, 2001   978-1840022490

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Behzti (Dishonour)

Behzti (Dishonour)
This new play by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti is nothing if not provocative. Set in a gurdwara, or Sikh temple, it has already caused a furore among Birmingham's Sikh community, whose senior members called - unsuccessfully - for a rewrite. It's not hard to see what perturbed them. Bhatti shows thievery, corruption, malicious gossip and sexual abuse taking place alongside worship in the temple. Hypocrisy is rife, cruelty and subjugation tolerated and the truth suppressed in the world she creates. It is a world where appearance and respectability take precedence over personal happiness, and behzti, or dishonour, has terrible consequences.
Marlowe, Times

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Oberon Books, London >>>, 2004   978-1840025224

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Come to Where I am From

Synopsis:
Sixty one playwrights from across the UK return to their home towns to write plays about the places that shaped them. At 14 theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays will be performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Come To Where I'm From is a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is.

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Short play for Paines Plough season at the Royal Exchange

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Paines Plough

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Khandan (Family)

Synopsis:
What happens when the legacy of a father collides with the dreams of his son? Widow Jeeto Gill has spent her life working hard and making sacrifices for her children. Now she looks forward to going back to her land in the Punjab, eating saag and roti on a verandah and letting her tired eyes rest on green fields. Her son Pal seems to have it all but he's restless. He's got big plans for his Daddy's business and a taste for Johnny Walker Black Label. However his kind-hearted wife Liz has her own ideas about what's best. Meanwhile Pal's sharp-tongued sister Cookie runs the tackiest beauty salon in town and harbours a dark secret. When their cousin's destitute wife, Reema, arrives from back home, the Gills propose to take care of her. Little do they know that her arrival will change the course of their family's destiny forever.

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with The Royal Court

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Two Old Ladies

Synopsis:
Navaratri, Diwali, garba...too many parties, too much naach-gaan music and dance! Two Old Ladies decide to take the mitthai, a slice of life that mixes with a masala of comedy and home truths.

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Kaur Bhatti and harvey Virdiwritten by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and Harvey Virdi

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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