Tamasha writers' group, 2011

"I used to be a taxi driver and now I’m a playwright who drives a taxi. I feel privileged that Tamasha has afforded me the opportunity to express myself, otherwise my voice as a northern British Asian would be muted and my attempts to open a window on a largely unexplored world would be firmly shut."

Ishy Din, Participant in Tamasha New Writing 2008 and writer of Snookered

New Writing Course Participants

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To get in touch with any of the writers please contact Valerie on tda@tamasha.org.uk 

Sharmila Chauhan
A pharmacist and former research scientist, Sharmila has been writing for just over five years. She was part of Royal Court's Critical Mass programme (2009) and has written three plays: Frangipani Hill was read as part of the Talkback Festival at Oval House Theatre (2010) and has been commissioned by Kali Theatre (2013). Purnajanam/Born Again was part of Tagore's Women and was performed at Southwark Playhouse in January 2012. Sharmila was shortlisted for the Asian New Writer award (2009) and her short stories have been published in Tell Tales Vol 2, Happy Birthday to Me, Word Masala and Pratilipi. Her short film Peacock has been longlisted for the British Screenplay Competition. She is currently working on her second novel Seven Mirrors as well as a collection of short stories. 

Rosa Connor
Rosa is currently a member of the Finborough Theatre’s Writers Group and has been a member of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme, their Invitation Group and the 2010 ‘SuperGroup’. Theatre credits include: Can't Buy Me Love (24hr plays Old Vic New Voices); Namaskar (Finborough Theatre); Ghost (Tamasha/Soho Theatre); If You’ve Got Something To Say (Accidental Festival); Shepperton Road (Rosemary Branch); The Bird Man - Terror Tales (Hampstead Theatre); In His Image (Hampstead Theatre) and All You Ever Needed – Start Night (Hampstead Theatre).

Susan Crothers
Susan is a Londoner from Belfast and often wishes she could live in both places at once. Trained at E15 as an actress, on EACT in association with RADA, at The Jerwood Workshop with Di Trevis and with The Collective. Her writing has been performed at The Pleasance Islington and The Arcola (Miniaturists), The Spoken Space and Suitcase Cabaret. As an actress she has performed at the Lyric Belfast, the Lowry, Salford, The Arcola and also for BBC Radio amongst other credits. As a director, she has worked for The Collective, The Suitcase Cabaret, The Feral Pigeons and for Particular Theatre.

Tuyen Do
Tuyen is an actor/writer. She is currently in post-production for her own short film Healthy, and is part of the Royal Court’s studio group after her success on their New Voices programme.  As an actor, she has played various leading roles in award winning short films (Cross Your Fingers and My Dad the Communist) and is an active member of Silent Shout and a Tamasha Developing Artist.

Narinder Dosanjh
Since completing a Creative Writing MA in 2009, Narinder has established herself as a facilitator of creative writing workshops for schools, community groups and local library services via her website www.PoetivITy.co.uk. Her poetry  has appeared in Magma and  the anthology Happy Birthday to Me in 2010 with an additional clutch of children’s poems currently under consideration for a  Pan McMillan anthology.  
Her first play Four Glaswegians and a Coffin was directed by Janet Steel  for a rehearsed reading at the Soho Theatre in 2011. She has also been invitated to submit a second play to the BBC New Writing Department.  

NSR Khan
NSR Khan is of both Scottish and Pakistani parentage and, in turn, has sons of Scottish, Pakistani and Ghanaian heritage. She was a criminal defence barrister for several years, until severe mental illness curtailed that career. The resulting career hiatus gave her the opportunity to write and more recently to perform on stage and radio. Her short stories have been published in the Tindal Street Press anthology Too Asian Not Asian Enough and Litro Magazine; and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She is currently finishing a novel which draws on her diverse and multi-layered experiences of the mental health system.

Ayeesha Menon
Ayeesha Menon’s play Pereira’s Bakery at 76 Chapel Road, developed by The Royal Court, premiered in Mumbai this January. She has written numerous dramas for BBC Radio 4. Her dramatizations of the novels The Cairo Trilogy, starring Omar Sharif, and Q&A (Slumdog Millionaire) won Sony Radio Awards for Best Drama. Her other adaptations include My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk, Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup and recently, The Mumbai Chuzzlewits, an adaptation of a Dickens’ classic set in modern day India. Ayeesha’s original feature film The White Elephant premiered in UK at the London Indian Film Festival, 2011.

Radha Menon
Born in the East and brought-up in the West, co-founder of Red Betty Theatre, Radha worked as an actor in independent British Theatre and television. A one-act play Windows was produced by The Cave Theatre and later adapted for BBC Radio Pebble Mill. A full-length play The Washing Machine, developed at Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell Playwrights Unit came to theatrical life at Factory Theatre Studio as part of The Next Stage Festival 2012. A new play Ganga’s Ganja is part of Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival in spring 2012. Radha is currently part of Cahoot’s Theatre’s Palywrights’ Hothouse.

Moni Mohsin
Moni was born, raised and educated till the age of 16 in Pakistan. Thereafter she came to the UK where she did her A’levels and obtained a BA in Anthropology. On her return to Pakistan she worked as a journalist for ten years. In 1995 she married a man who was based in London and this is where she has lived since then. She now work as a freelance journalist and has published three novels (The End of Innocence and Tender Hooks) and a collection of newspaper columns: The Diary of a Social Butterfly. She has two children and returns often to Pakistan which continues to inspire her fictional work.

Uma Rebecca Nada-Rajah
Uma, known to friends as dragon, currently lives in Glasgow. She is of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage and has written four full-length plays to date.