Miran Hadzic

Tessa Hart

Mina Maisuria

Mina Maisuria 

Amy Ng

Melanie Pennant

Iman Qureshi

Edward Sayeed

Tamasha Playwrights 2015-16

Tamasha Playwrights is a writer-led collective founded in October 2014 by Tamasha’s Co-Artistic Director Fin Kennedy and formed of 7-8 emerging playwrights from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The Tamasha Playwrights group is refreshed every October. Our current, year 2, Tamasha Playwrights are: 

Paula David

As residence artist at Stratford Circus Paula wrote sketches, songs and poems and performed in the ensemble for just under two years. She went on to win third place in the Newham playwright of the year award for her short play Second Chance in 2010. Paula completed a Masters in Creative and Professional writing in 2011 at Brunel University.  In 2014 she produced, directed her first play, Losing Sight of Home, with ARC funding. Her second full length play, Sons of Blighty, was sold out at Rose and Crown Pub theatre November 2015. Paula is at present working on a new play which will be performed Autumn 2016.

Miran Hadzic

Miran Hadzic won the Old Red Lion’s short play competition, RedFEST. He has had short and full-length work staged at the Old Red Lion, Omnibus, Arcola and The Pleasance Islington. Miran has worked with writers groups at the Royal Court and for the Forum for Young European Playwrights in Wiesbaden, Germany. His most recent play, The Day After (They Went Off On One), was nominated for an Origins Award at VAULT Festival 2015. He also works as a Reader and Literary Assistant for the Finborough Theatre.

Tessa Hart

Tessa Hart is a London-based writer, actress, director, producer and activist. She is the Artistic Director of The Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham as well as of Goblin Baby Theatre Co. She holds an MFA in Acting (International) from East 15 Acting School and a BA in Theatre Studies from the Free University of Berlin and has completed further performing arts work and training in Bali, London, Berlin, Brussels and Moscow. As a playwright, staged plays include family show CinderElla And Her Smelly Old Slipper (Bread & Roses Theatre), short play The Appointment (Arts Theatre & Hen and Chickens Theatre), monologues Hail Your Majesty and Cassie Knows Best, as well as several adaptations. She is currently working on the Bread & Roses Theatre's Christmas family show (S̶)Elfish Christmas. www.TessaHart.com.

Mina Maisuria 

In 2008 Mina received an e-mail titled “call for plays” from ANGLE Theatre Company looking for first time writers from East London to present a season of work in co-production with the Hackney Empire. She was a jobbing actor at the time working as an understudy at the National Theatre. Mina’s first play ‘Commercial Rd’ was picked out of seventy submissions by a high profile theatre panel including: Paul Miller (National Theatre), Dawn Walton (Eclipse Theatre), Indhu Rubasingham (Royal Court), Dinah Wood (Faber and Faber). ‘Commercial Rd’ then completed a successful three-week run at the Hackney Empire as part of the TriANGLE season 2009. TriANGLE 2009 won a Peter Brook ‘Open Space’ award for their work that year. Following on from this Mina had two short theatre pieces produced by the Bush Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith in 2010 and 2011. As well as her first radio play called ‘Brighton Beach’ which was produced by the BBC radio in 2012. In 2013 Mina was invited to take part in a two week course with the BBC Writers Academy for their continuing drama series. Most recently Mina had a piece called ‘My son’s a doctor’ presented as part of a season of monologues at the Tristan Bates Theatre produced by The Thelmas theatre company in August 2015.

Amy Ng

Amy was born in Australia, grew up in Hong Kong, and is a graduate of Yale University and Balliol College, Oxford, where she did a Ph.D. in History and dabbled in drama. She started taking herself seriously as a playwright after being selected for the Royal Court Theatre’s Critical Mass writers’ programme.  Her play Shangri-La, a satire on western travellers seeking thrills, authenticity and enlightenment in Tibet, was developed at the Tricycle Theatre, long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize 2015, and will have a full production at the Finborough Theatre in July 2016.   

Acceptance, an Oleanna meets 12 Angry Men drama about a university admissions committee judging an applicant who is an alleged rape victim, received a sold-out staged reading at the Finborough Theatre on 9 November 2015. Beyond Cathay, a play about Marco Polo’s return to a Venice which is no longer home, was selected for the Semifinals of Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwriting Competition, New York City.   

Amy is also a historian with research interests in multinational empires, nationality conflict, and the memory of historical traumas, and is the author of Nationalism and Political Liberty (Oxford University Press).

Melanie Pennant

Melanie lives and works in London.  In 2013, Melanie won the Jack Studio Theatre Write Now 4 award for her first full length play “No Rhyme” which received a two week professional full staged production.  In 2011, Melanie’s short film, “Hit and Run” won the International Student Film Organisation screenwriting competition. Melanie has recently graduated with an MA in Screenwriting at the London College of Communication.

Iman Qureshi

Iman Qureshi is a writer and journalist, and works in the press office of a major UK charity. 

Her first full-length play, 'Speed', was produced by Kali Theatre and performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre in December 2013, and again in February 2014. Her short story, 'Naz', was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Iman is currently working on a short film, in collaboration with B3 Media. 

Shortlisted for the Allen Wright Award for Features and the Muslim Writers Award for Journalism, Iman has also written for the Independent, Guardian CIF, Time Out, Huffington Post UK, Liberal Conspiracy, DIVA Magazine, and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and has been asked to speak on BBC Radio networks

Edward Sayeed

After completing the 2014 Royal Court Writers Group, Edward Sayeed came Runner-Up in the 2015 Papatango Prize for his play ‘Hard Food’. He is currently writing a trilogy of plays set in Hackney involving intensive collaboration (sometimes including co-writing) with local residents from rarely heard sections of the community. He has previously worked as a professional musician.