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Tamasha Playwrights 2017-18 














































Tamasha Playwrights 2017-18

Tamasha Playwrights is a writer-led collective founded in October 2014 by Tamasha’s Artistic Director Fin Kennedy and formed of 8-9 emerging playwrights from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The Tamasha Playwrights group is refreshed every October. Our current, year 4, Tamasha Playwrights are:  

Olu Alakija 

Olu Alakija is a playwright and screenwriter. He has an MA in Scriptwriting (Fiction) for Film and Television and has completed the Royal Court Theatre’s Critical Mass Playwriting programme. He is also the winner of a CRE Race in the Media award for his short film “Guilty” and his short play “The Body” was a winner of the First Draft Playwriting Competition. His full length play “The Only Way” was shortlisted for The Bread and Roses Playwriting Award 2016/17. Olu has worked as a script reader for The Bush Theatre and the Saroyan/Paul ADAA Human Rights Playwriting Prize. His short plays have been produced by Talawa Theatre Company, Women at Rada, Director’s Cut Theatre, Goblin Baby Theatre, The Pensive Federation, Barbican Open Lab and Tamasha Theatre and performed at The Young Vic, The Arts Theatre, The Pleasance Theatre, The Space Arts Centre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, St James Theatre, The White Bear Theatre, The Bread & Roses Theatre, The Vaults, Rich Mix and Soho Theatre.


Reginald Edmund

Reginald Edmund is a playwright originally from Houston, Texas. Edmund earned his bachelor's degree in Theatre Performance from Texas Southern University and his master's in Playwriting at Ohio University. Edmund's plays, "Southbridge," "Juneteenth Street," "Daughters of the Moon" and "The Redemption of Allah Black," are all part of his nine-play series "The City of the Bayou Collection." The works were developed at well-known theatres around the nation, including The Ensemble Theatre of Houston, Silver House Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, the Playwrights' Center, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Moving Arts, Theatre @ Boston Court, Guthrie Theatre, Karamu House, and others. He is currently Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project and a Resident Playwright of Chicago Dramatists. Follow him on twitter at: @reginaldedmund 



Patrice Etienne

Patrice is a playwright, facilitator and documentary film-maker. His writing often reflects his diverse background and his passion lies in unearthing untold stories from marginalised groups. To date, he has been commissioned by C4, BFI and is currently in development with the international production company Studio Lambert. His training includes: The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Young Vic Young Directors scheme and Soho Young Writers. His debut play VENUS/MARS transferred to London's Bush Theatre as part of the RADAR festival. Patrice remains a dedicated and enthusiastic SOCA WARRIOR… #NoSocaNoParty


Dipo Baruwa-Etti

Dipo is a playwright and screenwriter. Since participating in the Royal Court's Introduction to Playwriting group, he has had a short play staged at Southwark Playhouse and been shortlisted for Hampstead Theatre's Next Playwright Programme. His upcoming productions include short plays at Lyric Hammersmith as part of an Open Mic programme and at the Old Vic Workrooms, as part of The Mono Box's PLAYSTART showcase. He is also a Young Programmer at the Barbican and co-curating a film festival as part of that role.



Aaron Gordon

Aaron is an actor, playwright and facilitator born and bred in Hackney, East London. He started off writing short stories and poems but developed a preference for plays. He has completed courses with Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Court and Channel 4. His play “Sweatin’ It Out”  was part of the Angelic Tales New Writing Festival in 2014. He’s had short plays performed at Hackney Showroom, Old Red Lion and The Vaults. He also co-runs a new writing theatre company called Itch and Scratch.


Bushra Laskar

Bushra Laskar is a London born playwright currently living in Buckinghamshire. Her work has been developed with the help of Paines Plough, Kali Theatre Company, Old Vic, Ovalhouse and also New York Theatre Workshop, where she was awarded an Emerging Artist of Colour Fellowship. Bushra's first play Blindspot was presented at the Tristan Bates Theatre as part of Kali's Giving Voice Festival and her second play Clock & Compass was longlisted for the 2009 Bruntwood Prize. Following a month long Script Accelerator programme at Park Theatre, Sanguine Night, directed by Vanessa-Faye Stanley and produced by Boileroom Theatre Company, was recently performed as part of the RADA Fest and Cambridge Junction's Hotbed Festival. @bushra_laskar


Nicôle Lecky

Nicôle Lecky is a mixed British Jamaican and English writer/actress who grew up in the East End. Nicôle has recently finished the Soho Theatre Writers Lab 2016 -2017 where she conceived and completed her full length play called ‘The Age Test’. She is currently developing this and will have her play ’Superhoe’ performed at The Yard Theatre as part of First Drafts. Nicôle wrote for Series 1&2 of Eastenders: E20, the spin off to Eastenders shown on BBC3. As well as Story-lining at Big Talk for the series Youngers shown on E4, and providing additional material for the show. Nicôle  wrote and directed her first short film ‘The Moor Girl’ in 2017 which can be seen online, and was shown at The Reveal Festival in Bolton supported by The Octagon. Nicôle also co-wrote one episode and script edited the series Reality 2.0 from Nathan Bryon and recently shown at the BFI – as well as acting in it. Nicôle also trained as an Actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and since graduating some of her acting credits include the highly acclaimed SENSE8 (Netflix – Dir The Wachowskis), Doctors (BBC1) The Midnight Beast (E4), Edge of Heaven (ITV), Fresh Meat (Channel 4), Casualty (BBC1), Silent Witness (BBC1) Theatre including: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall/The Railway Children (The Octagon Theatre Bolton), This Heaven (Finborough Theatre) and Unspeakable Crimes (Ice & Fire Theatre) 


Stefanie Reynolds

Stefanie is a writer and theatre maker. Whilst training at East 15 Acting School on the Acting and Contempoary theatre course, she devleoped her skills as a writer with support and mentorship from Charlotte Josephine. Stefanie's debut play Scribbles was first performed at East 15 as part of the Debut festival, the play was then selected to be apart of Freshly Scratched at Battersea Arts Centre. Scribbles has since gone on to be performed at Theatre N16 and Edinburgh fringe festival. Speciliasing in comedy, Stefanie is one of the co founders of theatre company Superglue Assembly Line.


Danusia Samal 

Danusia is an actress, writer, and singer/songwriter. Busking It, a musical play Danusia writes and performs inspired by her 10 years as a London Underground busker, was selected for Soho Rising 2017 and sold out. Busking It was developed with the RSC and a full run is scheduled in London for 2018.

Danusia is an alumni of Soho Theatre's Writer's Lab and worked as a writer on their Waltham Forest festival. She was also part of the Royal Court's Shôn Dale-Jones Writer's Group of five specially selected artists. Her debut play Out of Sorts was longlisted for Papatango 2016. Danusia runs @LeytonstoneItch, a night celebrating new work by musicians, writers, and performers of all kinds. She is passionate about writing a wide range of voices and telling the stories often unseen onstage.