‘I’m like the best version of brown. I’m not even into Pakistanis and I’d probably hook up with myself.’
Zafar flees homophobic persecution in Pakistan to seek asylum in the UK. Londoner Bilal (or Billy as he prefers to be known) is ground down by years of Grindr and the complexity of being a brown gay man. Their worlds are about to change forever.
Moving through casual hook-ups to the UK’s hostile environment, Waleed Akhtar’s sharp-witted and devastating new play charts the parallel lives of two gay Pakistani men. This story of who wins in the luck of the life’s draw is a new Bush Theatre commission.
The Bush is proud to be working with Micro Rainbow to realise this production. Micro Rainbow opened the first safe house in the United Kingdom dedicated solely to LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees-. https://microrainbow.org/
A Bush Theatre production
THE P WORD
by Waleed Akhtar
Directed by Anthony Simpson-Pike
Cast – Esh Alladi and Waleed Akhtar
9 September – 22 October