Adam

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Overview

Inspired by the life of Adam Kashmiry, Adam tells the remarkable story of a young trans man and his struggle across genders and borders to be himself. Originally a National Theatre of Scotland stage play, Adam has been reinvented as a compelling, theatrical on-screen drama.

Once again, Adam Kashmiry performs, as himself, in the leading role. Born into a deeply conservative society, Adam was assigned female at birth but always knew he was a boy. Trapped with no way to describe this feeling, in a place where falling in love with the wrong person can get you killed, he knew he had to escape. What followed was beyond Adam’s wildest dreams – an epic journey for the right to change his body, to the boy he knew himself to be. 

Written by Frances Poet and directed by Cora Bissett and Louise Lockwood, this hour-long drama reworked for the screen focuses on Adam’s isolating experiences in a Glasgow flat while awaiting a decision on his asylum claim. Trapped in a Catch 22 where he cannot prove his need for asylum as a trans man until he transitions but is unable to start transitioning until he is granted asylum, Adam is left alone to wrestle with his conflicting thoughts and feelings.

Adam features a virtual online trans world choir, brought together for the original award-winning stage production. They appear together on-screen singing Jocelyn Pook’s epic choral original score.

Adam first premiered in a National Theatre of Scotland production at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre in 2017 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since its award-winning opening run, the production has visited venues across the UK, including a run in London as part of the Battersea Arts Centre’s Phoenix Season, as well as an international engagement at New York’s Skirball Festival in 2019. A one-man version of Adam performed by Adam Kashmiry premiered online at The Shedinburgh Fringe Festival in 2020. 

Written by Frances Poet

Directed by Cora Bissett and Louise Lockwood

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland and Hopscotch Films

Commissioned by BBC Scotland and BBC Arts


Reviews

5 Stars

This true performance of his struggle as an asylum seeker and as a trans man is one that will blow you away

Theatre Scotland

5 Stars

Astoundingly powerful

A Younger Theatre

4 Stars

Stirring and emotive TV adaptation of an important global story about identity and belonging

The List

4 Stars

Trans lives matter, and it’s important that we allow their stories to be told.

Wee Review

4 Stars

And soul is what this hour-long drama has in abundance as it successfully negotiates the transition from stage to screen through a subtle synthesis of heartbreak and humour

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