Flyer for a production of Borderline, a play by Hanif Kureishi


This is a promotional flyer for Borderline, a play written by Hanif Kureishi and staged at the Royal Court Theatre in 1981. A study of the Asian community in Britain, it is the third major work in Kureishi’s early career as a playwright.

Borderline originated from an idea of Max Stafford-Clark’s, then Artistic Director at the Royal Court. Kureishi developed the play with Stafford-Clark and Joint Stock, a touring company committed to taking political theatre out of London. Together with Outskirts the play won the George Devine Award. In 1982 Kureishi became the Royal Court’s writer in residence.

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Hanif Kureishi Papers: Borderline by Hanif Kureishi: 1981
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Hanif Kureishi, Royal Court Theatre, Dan Fern
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Dan Fern (artist): © Dan Fern. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.

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