Sharmila Chauhan

Sharmila is playwright and prose writer. Plays include: The Husbands, an exploration of polyandry and matriarchy, (UK tour including Soho theatre (Kali and Pentabus Theatre 2014)) and Born Again/Purnajanam (Southwark Playhouse, Kali Theatre, Jan 2012), 10 Women (with Bethan Dear, Avignon 2014), A Little Piece, commissioned by the Maritime Museum (Nov 2014) Make and Model (RADAR Festival Bush Theatre, Nov 2014). She is currently working on her novel Seven Mirrors and is Artist in Residence at the Tagore Centre London and a curator for SAWCC London. Fascinated by the quiet meaning in people’s lives: her work is often a transgressive meditation on love, sex and exploration of the diaspora.

Sharmila is a screenwriter, playwright and prose writer: Fascinated by the often overlooked subtleties and meanings of people’s lives: Sharmila’s work is often a transgressive meditation on love, sex and an exploration of the diasporic experience.

Her plays include: The Husbands (an exploration of polyandry and matriarchy in India) which toured nationally and completed its run at London’s Soho theatre (Kali and Pentabus Theatre) and Born Again/Purnajanam (Southwark Playhouse, Kali Theatre, Jan 2012) and well as 10 Women (with Bethan Dear, Avignon Festival, France, 2014)).  She has also had a number of rehearsed readings including: and Roses (The Shed, National Theatre, 2014). She is a graduate of the Royal Court’s writing course and also took part in writing programs with Tamasha and Kali theatre.

She has written three short films and one feature. Most recently, her short film Oysters was commissioned by Film London (2016) and is currently in production. Girl Like You was commissioned by Film London and produced in 2015 and Make and Model (a sci-art collaboration) is also in production. She was also part of the Film London-Cinestan Microschool (2016) where she developed her feature Heart of the City. Her feature Mother Land is being developed by Cinestan International.

Shortlisted for the Asian New Writer award (2009 and 2012), Sharmila’s short stories have been published widely in print and online. She is currently working on her novel Seven Mirror and is Artist in Residence at the Tagore Centre London and a curator for the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) London.

Languages Spoken


Other Qualifications/Skills

PhD. Clinical pharmacology
B.Pharm - Bachelor in Pharmacy
Part of of the Royal Court, Kali and Tamasha theatres' writer group.

To book Sharmila or find out more about him please email Fin@tamasha.org.uk.