Tamasha Playwrights 2016-17

Tamasha Playwrights is a writer-led collective founded in October 2014 by Tamasha’s 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 3, Tamasha Playwrights are:  

Guleraana Mir

Guleraana Mir is a writer and creative facilitator. She holds an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University. Guleraana works in schools and community settings using theatre, storytelling and movement to explore diversity and creativity, to build communication skills, as well as explore PSHE topics. She wholeheartedly believes that theatre is perfect for analysing, exploring and commenting on our ever-changing society; and this ethos can be found in all of her practice. Guleraana’s first full-length play was long listed by the BBC as part of SCRIPTROOM 8 and her second is currently in development. You can tweet her @g_ting

 

Matilda Ibini

Matilda is a playwright, facilitator and screenwriter. She was awarded a scholarship from BAFTA and Warner Brothers to study an MA in Playwriting & Screenwriting at City University. She was also Soho Theatre’s writer in residence for the BBC Writersroom 10 scheme. Her debut play ‘Muscovado’ about slavery and the sugar trade was produced by BurntOut Theatre and premiered in October 2014 and went on tour across the UK in 2015 starting with a run at Theatre503. Muscovado also co-won the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015. She has had short plays on at the National Theatre, St James Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Hackney Showroom and Arcola Theatre.

 

Rabiah Hussain

Rabiah is a playwright and poet living in London. She has performed her poetry at various venues including Lost Theatre and Rich Mix. She will be part of Battersea Arts Centre’s London Stories Night in November. She has also been longlisted for the Old Vic 12 programme for playwrights. Her short play, ‘Fish Kill’, was produced by Three Pegs Theatre in 2014. She has had rehearsed readings at Tamasha Theatre and Blackshaw Theatre. She was also co-writer and actor in Deckchair Collective Theatre’s, ‘Steam Punk’, at Open Ealing in 2012. Rabiah has taken part in writer programmes at Arcola Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Kali Theatre. She organised and hosted Six Hundred Seconds of Words, an open mic and music event hosted at Stratford Circus in 2012. Her poem ‘Child of the Colony’, was published in The Asian Writer’s collection of contemporary Asian writing called ‘Happy Birthday To Me’.

 

Afshan D’Souza-Lodhi

Afshan writes plays, prose, performance pieces and poetry. She runs the Women in the Spotlight programme - a BAME/LBT woman's writing for performance programme at Commonword. She has performed and written pieces for Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Z-Arts, The Southbank Centre, The International Poetry Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Manchester Literature Festival, Contact and Eclipse Theatre. Currently Afshan is studying for her Masters in Post-Colonial Literature and Cultures at the University of Manchester. Catch her on twitter @ashlodhi or on her website www.afshan.info

 

Dianna Hunt

Dianna is a playwright and screenwriter. In 2015 her play, Mona’s Room, was selected for the Arcola’s PlayWROUGHT #3 festival, longlisted for the Bruntwood prize and the Alfred Fagon Award.  

In 2016, her play One Woman’s Slide: A Blues was performed at the Talawa Firsts Festival and she was commissioned by the Royal Court as part of their Tottenham Link Up project. She is an alumni of the Royal Court’s Introduction to Playwriting programme, led by playwright Alistair McDowall, and is currently a member of the BBC Writersroom’s London Voices group. 

Dianna has an MA in Creative Writing (Playwriting and Screenwriting) from City, University of London.  

Ross Willis

Ross is a playwright based in Bristol who writes work which is fiercely theatrical. He's currently a Writer On Attachment at Bristol Old Vic through winning The Open Sessions and recently his play Wonder Boy was shortlisted for Soho Theatre's Young Writers' Award 2016. He graduated with a degree in Comedy: Writing & Performance, is an alumni of Soho Theatre Writers' Lab and played the Donkey in the School Nativity play. 

 

Ayesha Siddiqi

Ayesha is a writer and editor. Her play We No Longer Require Your Services was developed with Kali Theatre Company and read at the Tristan Bates. She has also been part of the Royal Court Introductory Playwriting Group. In addition, she writes short stories, book reviews and essays, in publications that have included The Independent, Peepal Tree Press’s Closure Anthology, DAWN, The Express Tribune, Burnt Roti Magazine and others. She’s also training to be a translator (Urdu to English). Her interests are literary criticism and a critique of the hetero-normative white supremacist patriarchy. She’s from Karachi, Pakistan. 

 

Yasmeen Khan

Yasmeen Khan is a broadcaster, writer and performer.  An award-winning playwright, passionate about theatre and an advocate for diversity, she runs her own platform where she showcases new writers alongside established talent. She regularly chairs panel talks and Q&As across theatre and film. Her own writing includes national touring production, 'Break The Floorboard's (Rifco/Watford Palace),' Don't You Know Who I Am?', a dark comedy about the downside of fame (The Pleasance) and work for Kali Theatre and MUJU/Tricycle theatre. She has over a decade's experience in national radio, having presented a variety of documentaries for Radio 4 and hundreds of hours of live presenting. She currently presents Friday drivetime on talkRADIO, a national speech network, covering mainstream hard news and arts and culture. She also fronts a show on BBC Three Counties radio, covering key stories in the Asian community. She was recently awarded Radio Presenter of the Year at the Asian Media Awards.