Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti

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Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti (born Watford) is a British Sikh writer. She has written extensively for stage, screen and radio.


Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s first play Behsharam (Shameless) broke box office records when it played at Soho Theatre and the Birmingham Rep in 2001. Her play Behzti (Dishonour) was controversially cancelled by the Birmingham Rep after violent protests against the play. death threats forced Bhatti to go into hiding.[1]

In 2005 Behzti won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for the best English language play written by a woman.[2][3]

In 2006 Behzti was translated into French and did sell-out tours in France and Belgium. Behzti was translated into Italian in 2012 and was performed in Bari, Italy.[citation needed]

In 2010 her follow up to Behzti titled Behud (Beyond Belief) [4] was co-produced by Soho Theatre and Coventry Belgrade and shortlisted for the John Whiting Award.

She is now working on stage commissions for Birmingham Rep, Watford Palace Theatre and Kali Theatre. Gurpreet recently joined [5] the writing team of The Archers,[6] the Radio 4 drama serial.




Radio, Films, TelePlays[edit]


  1. ^ "This warrior is fighting on". The Guardian (London). 13 January 2005. 
  2. ^ a b "XXVII. 2004-05". 3/07/05 (award date). Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  3. ^ a b 'Bezhti' author wins prize for women playwrights, Louise Jury, The Independent, 8 March 2005, retrieved 9 June 2009
  4. ^ 'Behud', Michael Billington, The Guardian, 31 March 2010, retrieved 24 December 2012
  5. ^ "The Archers - New Script Writer Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti". BBC Blogs. 15 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "A Week in Ambridge". Archers summaries on the web. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Profile: Playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti". BBC News. 20 December 2004. 
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