A drama of unprecedented scope and heart, spanning seven decades and three continents, inspired by the experiences of his immigrant grandparents, Vinay Patel’s An Adventure opens at Bush Theatre on 6 September (press night 11 September).

On a stormy night in 1954, a woman doomed to marry one of five men discovers the wildcard choice might just be the person she’d been hoping for all along. An Adventure follows headstrong Jyoti and her fumbling suitor Rasik as they ride the crest of the fall of Empire from the shores of post-Partition India to the forests of Mau Mau Kenya onto the industrial upheaval of 1970s London and the present day.

But what happens when youthful ambitions crash hard against reality? When you look back at the story of your time together, can you bear to ask yourself: Was it all worth it?

Witty, charming and full of fearless historical insight, An Adventure is an epic, technicolor love story from one of the country’s most promising young writers about the people who journeyed to these shores in hope and shaped the Britain we live in today.

This world premiere will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis (The Royale, Leave Taking).

Vinay Patel’s debut play, True Brits, opened at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre and went on to headline the 2015 Vault Festival. His television debut Murdered by My Father was commissioned for BBC3 and later repeated on BBC1. It won the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama before going on to be nominated for three BAFTAs and Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work. He has since written for ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI, as well as contributing to the bestselling collection of essays, The Good Immigrant.

Sticks and Stones, a co-production with Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd will open as part of the Roundabout season at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August prior to a national tour.

The cast includes Nila Aalia who has recently filmed A Discovery of Witches - (all Souls Trilogy) for Bad Wolf Ltd as well as action-packed thriller The Commuter starring Liam Neeson. Other TV and film credits include: Wolfblood (CBBC), The Rebel (Retort), The Intern (Boundless Productions), Scott & Bailey Season 2 (ITV) , Silent Witness (BBC), Diverted (Big Tree Productions), Whitechapel (Carnival Films), Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures), Outnumbered (Hat Trick), Bike Squad (Hat Trick), 5 Days (BBC/HBO), A Touch Of Frost (ITV), Torchwood (BBC), Broken News (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Eastenders (BBC), Life isn't all Ha Ha He he (BBC/Hat Trick), Taggart (ITV1/SMG TV), If Drugs Were Legal (BBC), Spooks (BBC/Kudos), A Good Year (Stripe Productions) . Stage Credits include: Bombay Dreams (Really Useful Theatre Company), Elder Latimer is In Love (Arcola Theatre), Ramayana (Sita Theatre), Mahabharata (Gita Productions), Instant Celebrity (Silver Star Productions).

Martins Imhangbe’s theatre include Absolute Hell, Barber Shop Chronicles, The Royal, Luce, Octagon, The Skriker, Lionboy, Das Ding, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, A Human Being Died That Night, Sold and What Does It Take. On film he appeared in The Last British Execution.

Aysha Kala trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her theatre work includes Obsession (Barbican), Frogman (Shoreditch Town Hall), Punk Play and Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse), Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), Khadija is 18 (Finborough) and Much Ado About Nothing (RSC). Aysha has also appeared in two series of Indian Summers for Channel 4; Vicious and Shameless. Her film work includes Second Coming and Jadoo. Aysha was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit of 2015.

Selva Rasalingam’s theatre include The Captive Queen (Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe), Disgraced (English Theatre Frankfurt), The Riots (Tricycle), Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (Tricycle, New Ambassadors), Midnight's Children (RSC), On the Record (Arcola), The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes (Arcola). Television includes Versailles, Eastenders, Silent Witness, The Missing, Hustle, Casualty, Luther, Doctor Who, Spooks (BBC); Run (Channel 4); Strike Back, Legends, The Borgias (Sky). Selva’s film appearances include Damascus Cover, The Mummy, Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Prince of Persia, The Veteran and Risen.

Shubham Saraf trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His theatre appearances include: Hamlet, As You Like It and Lions and Tigers (Globe Theatre). Film includes: Overlord, The Cut and Honour and television includes The Bodyguard (BBC) and Fresh Meat (Channel 4).

Anjana Vasan’s work in theatre includes: Summer and Smoke (Almeida) King Lear; A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe); Life of Galileo (Young Vic); Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate Theatre); Dara; Behind The Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre); Macbeth (Park Armory New York/Manchester International Festival); The Taming of the Shrew; Much Ado About Nothing (RSC) and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (National Theatre Wales). On television Anjana has appeared in Hang Ups; Ill Behaviour; Black Mirror; Call the Midwife; Fresh Meat and her films include The Children Act; Cinderella.

An Adventure has been made possible by a lead gift from Charles Holloway. The production is also generously supported by the Peter Wolff Theatre Trust, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, the London Community Foundation and the Bush Theatre’s Production Syndicate.

6 Sept – 20 Oct at 7pm

Wednesday matinees on 19 & 26 Sept, 3, 10 & 17 Oct at 1.30pm
Saturday matinees on 15, 22, 29 Sept, 6, 13, 20 Oct at 1.30pm
Captioned performance on Thurs 27 Sept at 7pm
Audio described performance on Sat 29 Sept at 1.30pm
Post Show Q&A on Thursday 20 Sept – Ask cast and creatives about the creation and performance of An Adventure after the show. Free to ticket holders on the night.
Post Show Panel on Thursday 27 September – Who tells your story? A panel event with creatives. Free to ticket holders on the night.

Ticket prices

Count Me In: £10
Adult: From £20
Count Me In tickets are just £10 and are available for performances in the Theatre. These are unreserved tickets which will be allocated to a seat on the day of performance. Audience members might not be sitting next to the people they booked with but will be guaranteed a seat.

Concessions: Bush Locals, Senior Citizens, Disabled and Unemployed patrons, and Bush Connect (Students and U26) members will be eligible for concession prices.


Phone 020 8743 5050
In person Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ
Online bushtheatre.co.uk

The Bush Theatre is generously supported by Arts Council England.

Press contact: Martin Shippen / 020 8743 3584 / 07956 879165