“I’m not much now, I know, but I will be. So pick me Jyoti and I swear I will make us the greatest adventure you ever have.”
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.
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, technicolour love story from one of the country’s most promising young writers about the people who journeyed to our shores in hope and shaped the country we live in today. This world premiere will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis (The Royale) and Associate Director Omar Elerian.
With the reliably wonderful Anjana Vasan playing the fiery, deeply principled woman at its heart, it’s tough to begrudge this play a minute
A tale of love, loss, hope and desire, An Adventure really is a must see
Vinay Patel's tender, meandering odyssey takes on weighty themes with light touches
Can feel indulgent, yet the performances are finely detailed, and Patel combines a gift for creating complex characters with a piercing emotional intelligence
An Adventure knows it's own brilliance, but in wallowing in it, the play almost drowns
It’s like a form of time travel, placing recognisably modern characters in historically specific settings without them ever feeling at odds with each other
In Vinay Patel’s ambitious, highly personal new play, a young couple leave India in search of a better life