Playwrights’ Gathering

22nd February 2024


22nd February 2024
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dragon Hall

Join us at The National Centre for Writing for our second Playwrights Gathering this February.

Featuring BAFTA award-winning writer for stage and screen Vinay Patel.

Come along for an evening of networking, Q & A, and creative provocations as we celebrate the diverse voices of writers from across the East of England.

Vinay debut full-length play, TRUE BRITS – written as part of his attachment to HighTide Festival Theatre and published by Methuen Drama – premiered at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Fringe 2014. It went on to be part of the Bush Theatre’s new writing season, RADAR and ended with a three-week run at the Vault Festival in February 2015. The follow up, FREE FALL, opened at the Pleasance Islington in October 2014 and was nominated for three Off West End awards.

His first piece for television, MURDERED BY MY FATHER (“A brave piece of television ★★★★★” – The Telegraph), was released on BBC3 online in March 2016 and was rebroadcast on BBC1 in April. For this work, he was selected as a 2016 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. MURDERED BY MY FATHER was nominated for three BAFTAs, with Adeel Akhtar winning for Best Actor. Most recently, Vinay wrote for the 11th and 12th series of DOCTOR WHO – receiving a Hugo nomination for both his episodes.

Elsewhere, he has contributed to the bestselling collection of essays, THE GOOD IMMIGRANT and is currently working on projects for Complete Fiction, Film 4, The Yard Theatre, English Touring Theatre and Netflix

How will the evening run?

6.30pm: Doors open

7pm: Introduction from Clare Slater and Vinay Patel followed by a Q&A

7.45pm: Comfort break

7.55pm: Creative Writing Workshop lead by Vinay Patel

8.40pm: Refreshments and Networking

The event will finish by 9.30pm

Who can attend?

Anyone! Whether you’re an experienced playwright, just starting out – or anywhere in-between; we want to meet you!