A Kind of People

by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti

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Thu 05 Dec - Sat 18 Jan 2020

“In this country, you go as far as they let you.”

Friday night and someone’s having a party. It seems like a laugh, but not everyone’s having fun.

Gary and Nicky have been together since school. Gary’s going for a promotion so he can get his family out of their council flat and give Nicky everything she deserves.

Anjum and Mo are used to aiming for the best. And doing whatever it takes to get it.

Gary’s sister Karen is more interested in having a life than fighting for any cause.

Mark is just…always there.

And Victoria, Victoria wants to dance with somebody…

Set amidst a contemporary British community, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s new play, directed by Michael Buffong, asks how it’s possible to get on when the odds are stacked against you.

“It’s a good place. Keep watching and one day it’ll be ours.”

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s previous work at the Royal Court includes: Khandan. She has written extensively for stage, screen and radio. Her work includes Elephant, Behzti/Dishonour (Birmingham Rep), the latter won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; and the feature film Everywhere and Nowhere.

“Bhatti writes excellently…she also creates complex characters.” The Guardian

The Big Idea: Post-Show Talk | Tue 7 Jan
A Q&A event with writer Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

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"It's impossible not to be floored by the sheer power of this playwright's gut-wrenching prose"

WhatsOnStage | Daniel Perks Read full review

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"This is the Royal Court at its best, giving us an uncompromisingly honest account of multicultural modern Britain."

The Guardian | Michael Billington Read full review

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"Superbly acted and ferociously gripping"

The Times | Sam Marlowe Read full review

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“Makes you scrutinise your prejudices and laugh out loud.”

The Daily Telegraph | Laura Barnett Read full review

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"Michael Buffong’s powerful production is packed with strong performances"

The Sunday Times | Fiona Mountford Read full review

“Button-pushingly provocative new drama about race and class”

Time Out | Holly Williams

"Fiercely relevant"

The Stage | Ava Wong Davies

"An empathetic study of the corrosive effects of racism"

The Arts Desk | Aleks Sierz

"Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti offers a damning indictment of fragmented"

Evening Standard | Jessie Thompson

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm (except 11 Dec 7pm)
Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm (from 14 Dec)

Captioned: Wed 8 & 15 Jan 7.30pm

Audio Described: Sat 18 Jan 2.30pm (Touch tour 1pm)

Relaxed Environment: Sat 11 Jan 2.30pm

Running time: approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes with no interval and no readmission.

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