A young man with dark hair and light brown eyes looks forward, directly into the camera.


BBC4, BBC Scotland, BBC iPlayer

February / March 2021


Broadcast dates: Adam will be broadcast as part of BBC Arts ‘Lights Up’ for New Culture in Quarantine Season on BBC iPlayer and BBC Four in Feb/March 2021 and will premiere on BBC Scotland Channel in February 2021.

Inspired by the life of Adam Kashmiry

, the remarkable true story of a young trans man and his journey to reconciliation, is reinvented as a compelling on-screen drama.

Born in Egypt, Adam was assigned female at birth but always knew he was a boy. Trapped, with no way to describe this feeling, in a deeply conservative society where falling in love with the wrong person can get you killed, he knew that he had to escape. With a borrowed laptop he types in a question: ‘Can the soul of a man be trapped in the body of a woman?’ What followed was beyond Adam’s wildest dreams. A catalyst to begin the epic journey for the right to change his body, to the boy he knows himself to be.

Reworked for the screen, the drama will focus 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 as every waking moment sees him haunted by figures from his past and present.

Written by playwright and dramaturg Frances Poet, and directed by award-winning theatre director Cora Bissett, Adam first premiered at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre in 2017 as part of the Edinburgh festival Fringe. The on-screen version will be brought to life by directors Louise Lockwood and Cora Bissett, as well as the stage production star Adam Kashmiry.

More details on the project will be announced in 2021.

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


Creative team