My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding

by Sayan Kent

October - November 2016

Toured to over 25 community venues across England and Wales

You are invited to join the guests at Clare and Arjun’s wedding reception. All their friends and family will be there. A celebration of a mixed marriage between a girl from the country and a boy from the city. What could possibly go wrong?

Writer Sayan Kent

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Sayan’s plays include Tales of Birbal (Mashi Theatre, 2015/2017), My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding (Kali/BCT, rural tour 2014 & 2016), Endless Light (Kali/Southwark Playhouse), Another Paradise (Kali tour, shortlisted for the John Whiting Award), The Contract (joint winner of the Capital New Writing Festival, Birmingham). Recent short plays: Jessica (Arcola), Skin (Park Theatre). Sayan is also a […]

About the writer
About the Play

Of course plenty does in this fast moving comedy drama full of misunderstanding and mishaps with plenty of neat twists and a Bhangra dance for everyone to join in at the end.  Everyone loves a wedding don’t they?

Based on real people’s experience of mixed marriages or rural weddings attended by city dwellers out of their comfort zone, this was a fun, light hearted exploration of relationships across the divides of rural/urban, race and gender.

It’s was a site specific show with venues laid out for a wedding reception where the audience are the wedding guests and the show took place in amongst the audience.

“It was quite simply brilliant and the cast worked their socks off to give us a spectacular evening…. absolutely hit the spot in our rural community!”

Audience Response

The show was fantastic! The characters were really well played … and by only 4 of you! We really enjoyed the show thank you, it was hilarious.

Audience Response

It didn’t feel like a ‘play’, it felt like you were at a wedding reception. The actors were all believable even when playing the opposite sex!

Audience Response

Brilliant. Thank you. So good to have mixed race and non-white theatre, rural and country. Loved the variety of the characters touching on so many prejudices. Would love to see your thought provoking theatre again…

Audience Response

A BIG thank you for a fantastic performance last night. The players were fantastic. The performance was absolutely brilliant and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves

Audience Response
Touring Info

My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding was created especially for rural and city community centre touring jointly with Arts Alive (rural touring scheme for Shropshire) and Black Country Touring. The first time a rural touring show has been created in this way.

Cowpat was originally produced in 2014 when it was seen by over 2,000 people across 24 performances, most sold out, in a tour across the UK to rural venues and city community centres.

In May 2015 it was revived for the Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre. We also took it to Wolverhampton and Smethwick Library.

In July 2015 an extract was presented at the National Rural Touring Forum Conference.

In 2016 it did a 7 week tour to 38 venues:
28 Sept  Newhampton Arts Centre

29 Sept  The Barbour Institute 
Cheshire  CH3 9PX
30 Sept  Quatt Village Hall 
Quatt  Bridgnorth  Shropshire WV15 6QN
1 Oct  Meole Brace Peace Memorial Hall 
Meole Brace  Shrewsbury SY3 9JP
2 Oct  Conquest Theatre
Bromyard  Herefordshire HR7 4LL
5 Oct  Brasshouse Community Centre 
Smethwick B66 1BA
6 Oct  Weaverthorpe Village Hall
Weaverthorpe YO17 8HA
7 Oct  Skipton Town Hall
Skipton  North Yorkshire BD23 1FD
8 Oct  Hackforth Village Hall
Hackforth  North Yorkshire DL8 1PE
9 Oct Hutton Rudby Village Hall 
Hutton Rudby  North Yorkshire TS15 0EJ
12 Oct  Pattingham Village Hall 
Pattingham  Wolverhampton WV6 7BQ
13 Oct  University of Worcester
Henwick Grove Worcester WR2 6AJ
14 Oct  Norwell Village Hall 
Norwell  Nottinghamshire NG23 6LF
15 Oct Glebe Field Centre 
Matlock  Derbyshire DE4 5EU
16 Oct Sturton le Steeple Village Hall
Nottinghamshire DN22 9HY
18 Oct Bourton Village Hall
Dorset SP8 5BJ
19 Oct Portesham Village Hall
Dorset  DT3 4NS
20 Oct Sixpenny Handley Village Hall
Dorset  SP5 5NJ
21 Oct Yetminster Jubilee Hall
Dorset DT9 6LQ
22 Oct Black Dog Village Hall
Black Dog Village Devon EX17 4QS
23 Oct South Brent Village Hall
South Brent  Devon TQ10 9AQ 
25 Oct All Saints Church Hall
Trealaw Tonypady CF40 2NW
26 Oct Rhossili Village Hall
Swansea SA3 1PL.
27 Oct Catbrook Memorial Village Hall
Monmouthshire NP16 6NA
28 Oct The India Centre
Cardiff CF24 2AA
29 Oct Neuadd Dyfi
Aberdovey Gwynedd  LL35 0NR
30 Oct Calolfan Clydau Centre
Llanfyrnach Pembrokeshire SA35 0BJ
2 Nov Shap Memorial Hall 
Penrith Cumbria CA10 3NL
3 Nov Hamsterely Village Hall
Bishop Auckland Durham  DL13 3QF
4 Nov Crook St Cuthbert’s Centre
County Durham DL15 9DN
5 Nov Hepscott Parish Hall
Morpeth  Northumberland NE61 6LN
6 Nov Howick Village Hall
Alnwick Northumberland NE66 3LE
8 Nov Graffham Empire Hall
Petworth West Sussex GU28 0QB
10 Nov  Falmouth The Poly
Falmouth, TR11 3EG
11 Nov  Gwinear 71 Churchtown 
Gwinear near Hayle TR27 5JL
12 Nov  The Stithians Centre 
Stithians TR3 7DH
13 Nov  Perranporth Memorial Hall 
Perranporth TR6 0EY

This tour was supported by a Strategic Touring Grant from Arts Council England

Cast and Crew

Cast and Crew

2016 Cast
Sukhraj Dhillon, Genevieve Helson, Shri Patel and Graeme Rose
2014 Cast
Aimee Berwick, Sheena Patel, Aaron Virdee and Graeme Rose
Janet Steel and Steve Johnstone
Abigail King
Sayan Kent
Stage Manager
Nicola Cartwright

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