Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti

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Bhatti speaking at the International Conference on Free Expression and Conscience, London, 23 July 2017.

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti (born Watford) is a British Sikh writer. She has written extensively for stage, screen and radio.[1] Her play Behzti (Dishonour) was cancelled by the Birmingham Rep after peaceful protests by Sikhs turned violent against the play and alleged death threats forced Bhatti to go into hiding.[2][3]


Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s first play Behsharam (Shameless) received criticism by the Sikh community when it opened in 2001.

In 2005 Behzti won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for the best English language play written by a woman.[4][5]

In 2010 her follow-up to Behzti titled Behud (Beyond Belief) [6] was co-produced by Soho Theatre and Coventry Belgrade and shortlisted for the John Whiting Award.

In 2014, Khandan (Family) opened to sell out audiences at the Birmingham Rep and the Royal Court Theatre.

In June 2014, her first anthology of plays - Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti : PLAYS ONE, was published by Oberon Books (ISBN 9781783191307).

She is now working on a stage commission for the National Theatre. Gurpreet also regularly writes for The Archers,[7] the Radio 4 drama serial.




Radio, films, teleplays[edit]


  1. ^ "Ten years after my play Behzti sparked Sikh riots, I'm back Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti". Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti. The Guardian. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  2. ^ "This warrior is fighting on". The Guardian. London. 13 January 2005.
  3. ^ "Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti: 'I'm not scared'". Alfred Hickling. The Guardian. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "XXVII. 2004-05". 3 July 2005. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
  5. ^ a b 'Bezhti' author wins prize for women playwrights, Louise Jury, The Independent, 8 March 2005, retrieved 9 June 2009
  6. ^ 'Behud', Michael Billington, The Guardian, 31 March 2010, retrieved 24 December 2012
  7. ^ a b "A Week in Ambridge". Archers summaries on the web. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Profile: Playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti". BBC News. 20 December 2004.
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  10. ^ "Fourteen: Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's new play examines the growing pains of teenage life". Fourteen play. 23 May 2014. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Khandan: Sikh suburban drama confronts home truths". Khandan play. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.

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