Parv Bancil

I took time out to re-evaluate my position as a writer and wanted to expand my knowledge and creativity within the arts.

I believe as writers and artists alike we constantly have to re-examine our perspectives and that sometimes means changing our point of view or environment  so we can rejuvenate ourselves and approach projects with a new outlook and hopefully produce fresh and interesting work. This is what I have been doing and am currently working on a new Stage-play, a sit-com and a feature film script. 

I also have written 2 new short film scripts which I will to produce in the near future.


I have been working working on numerous film scripts. Please get in touch if you are a producer looking for projects.

In 2010-2011 Parv attended a one year post-grad film making course at The Central Film School London. He won one of 3 graduation films and wrote and directed a 15 min short titled, 'Spirit'. 

Parv also wrote and directed a comedy short titled, 'Amazing Abdul'.

Parv co-directed a short titled, The Conjurer. 

As well as the above, Parvworked in various roles on over 25 films so he could educate himself with all aspects of film making and the film making process as well as learning about film set etiquette.

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In 1986 aged 19, Bancil joined HAC theatre. One of four

professional British Asian theatre companies at the time,

HAC  was the only one to be telling stories from a 2nd

generation British Asian perspective. While most were

writing about partition, or leaving their homeland,

Parv Bancil was writing about his world, and tackling issues

that were affecting British Asian youth, such as gang culture,

drugs, crimeand identity. From 1986 to 1989 he wrote four plays,

'Curse Of The Dead Dog'(1986), 'Hows Your Skull Does It Fit'

(1987), 'Kings' (1988) and 'Bad Company' (1989). And he

quickly gained a reputation as a dynamic, uncompromising

and controversial writer, long before it was fashionable.

In 1991 he was the recipient of a Radio 4 Young Playwright

Award for his play Nadir. By this point HAC had disbanded.

But In 1993 Bancil wrote 'Ungrateful Dead' a play about a

young Sikh mans descent into a world of gangs, violence and

drugs. The play had a huge impact on audiences, and lead to

a residency at The Royal Court Theatre. In 1995 Bancil wrote

'Papa Was A Bus Conducter'. A comedy satire based on a

dysfunctional Asian family, it was his first play to receive a

Time Out Critics Choice. And it was the first of its kind to

spark a trend for a whole spate of Asian comedy that followed

over the next 10 years.

Bancils next two plays were to define him as one of the

'In Yer Face' writers that dominated the 90s. In 1997 he wrote

'Crazy Horse'. It follows Jas, a young man trying to deal with

the death of his mother by loosing himself in a world of petty

crime, until a tragic accident forces an estranged father and

son to confront each other, but with sinister consequences.

It was developed through 'Wild Lunch' with Sarah Kane and

was directed by Vicky Featherstone, and received another

Time Out Critics Choice. The following year Bancil then wrote

'Made In England', initially commissioned as a 15 minute piece

by the 'Red Room' it was first performed as a full length play in

October 1998. Set against the backdrop of the music industry

and 'cool Britannia' it looked at the idea of trading your

cultural identity for success. This play received Time Out

Critics Choice twice.

'Bollywood Or Bust' (1999) a farcical comedy, and Recall (2000)

a combined dance theatre piece with Darshan Singh Bhullar

followed. The next few years saw Papa and Made In England

re staged and Bancil also began to become known as a cultural

commentator, writing articles for magazines and newspapers,

and often contributing to radio and television debate. He also

began to write and present TV documentary and venture into

film and screen writing. 2007 saw another collaboration with

Bhullar for Find Me Amongst The Black. And from 2008- 2009

he was on an attachment with The Soho Theatre. In 2010 he

had two new stage plays 'Dead Leaves' and 'Rude Boy' ready to

go into production.

From 1986-1997. he acted in many plays,was the founder

member of One Nation Under A Groove Innit, (an umbrella

organization that produced comedy). Was one half of a comic

double act called The Khrai Twins, based on two bumbling

drunken Southall gangsters, and a member of a comedy trio

called the Sycophantic Sponge Bunch. He was also part of a

spoof rock band called The Dead Jalebies. Formed in 1987.

They toured nationally and opened for Asian Dub Foundation

in 1991 at the Camden Underworld. Also supported the Voodoo

Queens in 1993.

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