Fourteen and growing up in Watford

Fourteen

Write about what you know so it seems only natural that Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s new play should look back at her time growing up in Watford.

Fourteen returns to its roots, running at the town’s Watford Palace Theatre from May 21 to 24.

It is set to be directed by WPT’s artistic director Brigid Larmour and stars Yasmin Wilde.

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti grew up in Watford and her first play Behsharam (Shameless) broke box office records at Soho Theatre and the Birmingham Rep in 2001.

Her next play, the controversial Behzti (Dishonour) caused violent protests when it opened at Birmingham Rep in 2004 because it featured a scene of rape and murder in a Sikh temple.

It was pulled from the programme just a few days later despite playing to full houses.

She has also recently written for The Archers (including Bradley Wiggins episode) and Eastenders.

Fourteen, which opens the same week as her play Khandan at the Birmingham Rep and then the Royal Court Theatre, London, is about a 14-year-old girl growing up in Watford, and how life doesn’t always turn out quite the way you think:

1983. Election fever hits Watford. Brainbox Tina loves The Jam and Keats and Cassiobury Park. She’s planning to wipe the floor with the Lower Sixth girls in the school debate: “This house believes an Oxo cube has a greater function than Princess Diana.”

But her parents are always shouting, her mum says she’s developing too quickly, and her best friend Sharon has a dark secret.

Thirty years later, Tina’s life hasn’t turned out quite how it was supposed to…

Suitable for Ages 14 +

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