Bump by Vinay Patel

After ten years apart, Dan and Jayesh run into each other in the maternity ward of their hometown hospital.  They share an anxious night as they wait for their partners to give birth.  But as the old school friends reconnect, it becomes clear that the past they shared was not as straightforward as it seemed, and that they and their families face a very different future.

It’s always gonna say Dartford on her birth certificate though. Can’t ever change that.

Bump was produced as part of Write Now 4, and was directed by Tanith Lindon.


Vinay studied for an MA in Writing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with distinction in 2011. Bump, one of the winners of the Jack Studio Theatre’s Write Now 4, was his first staged full-length piece.

It was followed by True Brits – written as part of his attachment to HighTide Festival Theatre – which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre as part of RADAR Festival and headlined the Vault Festival in February 2015. His next play, Free Fall, opened at the Pleasance Islington in October 2014 and was nominated for three Off West End Awards.

Vinay was selected for the Bush / Kudos Initiative 2014, Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2015, has written an Original Drama short for the BBC, and is currently attached to Theatre503 as one of their 503Five and under commission to the Bush Theatre.

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