Returning to W12 before it heads to New York, Nikhil Parmar’s one-man play, which he also performs, introduces Zayan, a down-on-his-luck actor and small-time dealer who seems to have become invisible even to himself. But can he become the hero he would like to be, or will the story end badly, not with a bang but with a whimper? The Bush has been London’s premier hit factory over the last year, and this is a chance to catch a play that has contributed to the reputation of the venue, which, under the leadership of Lynette Linton, has been firing on all cylinders.
Meet Zayan, an under-employed actor and over-employed dealer who sees himself as the hapless lead in the sitcom that is his life. Everyone else sees him as lazy, self-centered, and useless – if they even notice him at all. As Zayan attempts to transition from being neglected to being notorious, we see how a man whose brushes with oppression, grief, and the sneaking suspicion that he’s become invisible have driven him to the unforgivable. A Bush Theatre commission that first appeared as part of the venue’s 50th anniversary season, Invisible is written and performed by Nikhil Parmar, a London-based Manchester-born playwright, screenwriter, and actor who was previously a member of Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers’ Group. Directed by Georgia Green (The Mikvah Project, Orange Tree), Invisible will be seen as part of 59E59’s Brits Off Broadway season in New York this June. Age Recommendation: 14+