“Why do your women wear wallpaper?” Introducing An Adventure by Vinay Patel

“Why do your women wear wallpaper?” Introducing An Adventure by Vinay Patel


I was cleaning the cups in the staff room and he came up to me and asked “why do your woman wear wallpaper?” This little swagger on him, this nasty tone “Why do your woman wear wallpapers?” I think what makes Vinay unique Is the way he’s grown up and being a British Asian in the diaspora and living the way he has. So he has that experience to bring across in his writing. It’s got an incredible energy to it I think. It really jumps off the page, and it grabs you from the first moment. What I’ve seen the last few months – what I’ve seen women do tells me both the world and the workplace can and will be better. I don’t like to linger on the past. So yes, I support the Dagenham strikers, the Halewood strikers, I support the anti-fascist movement. Women will change this country. The ‘strikers in saris’, as they were called, was a groundbreaking movement, and it reminds us that post-war immigrants in this country weren’t just existing in society – they were active participants in writing this country’s history; in transforming it for the better. It’s an epic narrative and an epic journey across continents. And for people from South Asian communities like myself whether we’re migrants, immigrants, second generation, third generationers, I think that epic narratives and epic histories are such an intrinsic part of who we are. And also it’s just a lovely opportunity to just see a really good story from a playwright that isn’t from the conventional, mainstream Britain. What we get in Vinay Patel and this generation of playwrights who are coming through, wanting to tell stories that haven’t been told before, is we get to see something brand new. Do you know what I said back to that bastard? I said “You mark my words, Owens. One day those women who wear wallpaper will take your job.”

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