Tutku Barbaros

 

Safaa Benson-Effiom

 

Ramsey Hassan

 

Urielle Klein-Mekongo

 

Roberta Livingston

 

Zak Mahinfar

 

Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi

 

Cheryl Ndione

 

Sabrina Richmond

 

Shaan Sahota

 

 

 

Tamasha Playwrights 2019-20

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

The Tamasha Playwrights group is refreshed at the end of every year. Our current, year 6, Tamasha Playwrights are: 

Tutku Barbaros

Tutku is a writer, performer and one third of feminist comedy trio Plunge. She's currently developing her debut play Layla & Youssef which she started while on the 2017 Royal Court Writers cohort and was longlisted for the Bruntwood. With Plunge she's co-writing a sitcom pilot which was recently longlisted by the Thousand Films Scriptwriting Competition. She's also a Board Member for Don't Sleep On Us - an event series which uplifts Black, Asian and minority ethnic change makers. Her aim is to create work which is sharp tongued and full of heart as it debunks the status quo. 

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Safaa Benson-Effiom

Safaa is a playwright and screenwriter. Her first full-length play, Even to Live, was part of Talawa Firsts 2015. She gained her MA in Text and Performance from RADA and has had work staged at part of the RADA Festival. An alumni of the Soho Theatre Writers' Lab, Safaa's aim with her writing is to gain an understanding of the varied complexities of life from all perspectives, no matter how unpopular or unconventional. 

Ramsey Hassan

Ramsey Hassan is a writer and cartoonist hailing from the slightly sketchy, gentrified district of Battersea in South West London. A born storyteller, Ramsey is drawn to plays that take a cheeky, irreverent look at contemporary, multicultural, city life with a lot of heart and a desire to debunk common societal misconceptions and dogma's. Ramsey was nominated for a British Comic Award in 2016, won Second Prize at Faber's FAB Prize in 2017 and was selected for the Vaults New Writer's Programme in 2019. 

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Urielle Klein-Mekongo

Urielle Klein-Mekongo is a writer, theatre-maker singer/songwriter and performer. After first entering training via the National Youth Theatre’s Playing Up course in 2013, she went on to study Acting and Contemporary Theatre at East 15 where she graduated in 2017. Her recently published play Yvette has toured the UK and won the Pulse Award and the Harts audience award for its raw message and use of music and spoken word. Yvette marks Urielle’s first professional outing as a writer-performer. Other credits include Swipe (The Arcola with NYT) and Three Sisters (East 15). She is one of the writers for the Lyric Fest Gala 2017.

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Roberta Livingston

Roberta is an actor and playwright from East London. She has written for Talawa Theatre Company and The MonoBox's PLAYSTART. Her short play La Merde was published by Oberon Books as part of the PLAYSTART anthology. Most recently she was on the Creativ England/Sky Arts shortFLIX scheme. As an actor she has performed in venues such as Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Theatre. 

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Zak Mahinfar

Zak grew up in the East Midlands and is half-Iranian. He developed his first full length play as part of the Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab 2018/2019, and has recently been selected for 503Five, Theatre503’s Writers’ Residency, receiving a seed commission to develop his next full-length play. His work explores the intersections of queer, multicultural and rural identity. Alongside writing, he works for the television production company Drama Republic.

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Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi

Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi is a British-Iranian playwright with a Yorkshire accent. She started life as an actor before studying her MA at the Central School of Speech and Drama and realising that she was destined to write for the stage rather than be on it. 

She wrote her first multi-character full length play, named Allah In The Walls, whilst on a two week writing residency with the North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford. Prior to this, Jasmin wrote a one-woman play called Maddy that was a modern retelling of Euripides’ Medea. This was staged at both the Drayton Arms Theatre and the Bread and Roses Theatre. She was also one of four playwrights to contribute to Where We Are: The Mosque at the Arcola Theatre, during which she worked with Anima Theatre Company to tell a story about the female section of a mosque. Her short play Of Things Unsaid was also staged at the Southwark Playhouse through Little Pieces of Gold. This play has since been published in the anthology Short Plays with Great Roles for Women. 

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Cheryl Ndione

Cheryl Ndione is Founder and Executive Producer of youth theatre company, Purple Moon Drama. She has written and directed for Arcola Youth Theatre. Her debut show, Apple, is going up at The Vault Festival in February 2020. It was first commissioned by Paines Plough & Tamasha for Come To Where I'm From in 2016. Since then she has worked for The Gate, The Kiln, Tamasha and the NT.

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Sabrina Richmond

Sabrina Richmond is a writer, trained as an actor in New York, emerging as a director, a journey that has been supported by The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford (Intro to Directing). Writing credits include a one woman play on identity and belonging An African in the Snow first developed on the LABS program, Pleasance Theatre, Islington. A 10-minute monologue Hands off my womb! (Chapel Playhouse), an environmental short play My Cape is Invisible (Pleasance), short play Soup (Poplar Union) about food cultural appropriation. Directing credits, Whose Right is it anyway? (Southwark Playhouse), PDA (Theatro Technis), So this is what it feels like (Lion & Unicorn, Bunker). She is also on the London Library's inaugural Emerging Writers programme working on two projects. Prior to engaging in the arts, she studied journalism and had a career in media. In childhood, her first experience with the theatre was through anti-apartheid verbatim storytelling.

Shaan Sahota

Shaan is a playwright with a background in domestic violence advocacy. She worked for two years in the sector, specialising in honour based violence, forced marriage and BAME survivors. She now works as a junior doctor in Southall, and plans to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology. Shaan's work has allowed her to enter hidden worlds and see stories that remain untold and unimaginable. Her writing is based on experiences she has lived and observed but not yet seen on stage.