THEATRE

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2066 |Almeida Participation

Commissioned by Almeida Participation to accompany Ella Hickson's 'Oil', '2066' imagines a future without universal healthcare and the impossible decisions this leaves a mother and her daughter. Directed by Dani Parr, with Sophie Melville as Eve and Sara Goddard as Kara.

Photo by Peter Schiazza

Slummers |Cardboard Citizens

An immersive multi-story speculation on need, greed and good intentions, HOME TRUTHS is revealed through the world premieres of nine short plays by some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights: Sonali Bhattacharyya, Lin Coghlan, EV Crowe, Anders Lustgarten, Nessah Muthy, Chris O’Connell, Stef Smith, David Watson and Heathcote Williams with Sarah Woods.

The Invisible Boy |Kiln Theatre

I wrote The Invisible Boy for a young company in Wembley Park as part of the Tricycle Theatre's 'Mapping Brent' project - a season of plays with community companies that took place in 2017 while the theatre was closed for refurbishment. A funny, spooky look at how complicated things can get when you’re a teenage boy.

Old Vic 12 |Old Vic Theatre
Photograph: Amit and Naroop

I was really excited to be selected from over 1300 applicants as one of three playwrights for the inaugural Old Vic 12, the programme for developing theatre artists, introduced by Matthew Warchus, artistic director of the Old Vic. This incredible opportunity involved the chance to collaborate with the rest of the Old Vic 12 on a new commission, my play Five Years, which received a rehearsed reading at the Criterion, West End.

Photograph: Amit and Naroop
Photograph: Kali Theatre
Twelve |Kali Theatre

A multi-authored project featuring my monologue In the Ring, with choreography from legendary Pakistani dancer and activist Sheema Kermani (pictured here)

 

Twelve had its first short tour in Spring 2015, with sell-out performances in London and Birmingham.

Photograph: David Sillitoe

'Here are writers attempting to unite and mend a community.'

- The Independent

'...the 80 minutes are over too soon.'

- The Times

 

These Four Streets |Birmingham Rep

Naseem is the proud owner of the African Queen Beauty Salon. Determined to make a success of the business, she delays locking up her shop one night for a final appointment, but the customer – an unruly teenager – wants more from Naseem than a haircut. In the offices of Tabs Cabs, radio operator Grace is one of the first to hear about the violence spreading through the neighbourhood. Alone in the taxi firm’s office, behind a door that doesn’t lock, Grace just wants to remain unnoticed until things calm down. Then a man walks in and demands a hammer…

 

These Four Streets is a collaboration between six young female writers, Naylah Ahmed, Sonali Bhattacharyya, Jennifer Farmer, Lorna French, Amber Lone and Cheryl Akila Payne.  Inspired by meetings and interviews with local people who were connected to or affected by the Lozells riots of 2005, the play explores the power of rumour and what it feels like to live in a place that everybody else has given up on. It is the story of a divided community and of the people brave enough to reach across that divide.

Photograph: Kali Theatre

A Thin Red Line |Kali Theatre

 

With Kali Theatre, the Birmingham Rep and Black Country Touring.  A young couple return home to confront the fault lines of prejudice and cultural division that had driven them to find sanctuary just a few miles down the road in Birmingham.  Reflecting a real slice of life in the Black Country, A Thin Red Line explores today’s social and cultural partitions, both hidden and visible, in the way we see other people’s loyalties, religion and sense of home.

 

A Thin Red Line was commissioned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the partition of the sub-continent.  I devised and led workshops with diverse community organisations based in Birmingham and the Black Country, to explore what partition meant to them in a contemporary context.  The play was well received on a community tour, and at performances at the Midlands Arts Centre and Soho Theatre.

 

 

Photograph: Pentabus Theatre

 

White Open Spaces |Pentabus Theatre

 

Ignited by Trevor Phillips’ (Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality) suggestion that the countryside is guilty of a ‘passive apartheid', seven writers explore our attitudes towards race, environment and identity. Uncovering the complex layers of fear and misconception that cause prejudice, and also the similarities and shared beliefs that can bond, this is a heart-rending, moving and provocative show from award winning company Pentabus.

 

‘An utterly absorbing collection which manages, despite its serious subject matter, to be amusing as well as thought provoking… essential plays and essential viewing.’ 
-The List

 

‘Excellent performances and some spellbinding writing coincide in a tightly directed and provocative piece of theatre.’
-The Stage

'Sonali Bhattacharyya's unsettling Two Men in the Fog, about a strange meeting between an Asian man renting a cottage and the white farmer who owns the land, is strong.'

-Lyn Gardner in the Guardian

 

 

'In the funniest of the monologues, Sonali Bhattacharyya's "Two Men in the Fog", Saraj Chaudhry plays a neurotic Asian Londoner encountering a shotgun-toting farmer in a foggy field. He freezes, terrified, "trying not to cry" - only for the farmer to guide him home, dourly comforting him over his recent break-up with his wife.'

- The New Statesman

 

 

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