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Sumerah Srivastav

Writer - Stage / Television

Agent: Jean Kitson - jean@kitsonpress.co.uk

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Sumerah is a British, South Asian screenwriter and playwright with an MBA and a background in law. She most recently co-wrote the season 1 finale of Netflix’s international hit series Lupin. She has also written on Netflix’s Messiah and BBC continuing dramas, Casualty and EastEnders. Sumerah is currently working on a season 4 episode of ITV’s Good Karma Hospital. As a playwright, she came up through the Royal Court’s invited Studio programme and the Criterion playwright programme. She recently contributed to Stratford East’s 846 Live, a staged response piece to the murder of George Floyd. Sumerah is co-Artistic Director of theatre company Kahani Arts, Trustee Director for the charity Mercury Musical Developments and co-Chair of the Equalities & Diversity committee at the Writers Guild of Great Britain. Prior to her writing career, Sumerah launched and ran an award-winning commercial radio station targeting London’s Asian youth audiences (Club Asia) for which she won numerous awards, including a Women in Public Life award and an Asian Woman of Achievement award. She is on Twitter @sumerahas and more info can be found at www.sumerah.com.

Work

Current

Good Karma Hospital S4
Tiger Aspect

Currently writing one episode for the 4th series

High Frequency
Air Street Films / Poisson Rouge Pictures

Contemporary feature film in development.

Untitled
Tiger Aspect

Developing original series as part of ITV-backed talent scheme.

Untitled
NBC Universal International

Commissioned for a development project

Untitled
Silverprint

Original TV series under option.

Television

Lupin (2020-2021)
Gaumont / Netflix

Co-Writer on the final episode of new Netflix series.

Messiah 2 (2020)
Netflix

Story Editor and Writer.

Casualty (2019)
BBC

1 x 60′ episode

EastEnders (2015-2019)
BBC

8 x 30′ episodes

Theatre

846 Live (2020)
Theatre Royal Stratford East

One of a group of writers led by Roy Williams in staging a response piece to the murder of George Floyd. Directed by Matthew Xia for Stratford East and the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.

Accession (2019-2020)
Criterion Theatre Trust / Worthing Theatres (supported by)

Staged reading of full length period play.

Bollywood Rose (2019-2021)
Julie Clare Productions

Full length musical in development.
Composer: Ajay Srivastav

Sketching (2018)
PW Productions / Bozco Ltd

One of eight writers selected to co-write James Graham’s play, performed at Wilton’s Music Hall. Published by Methuen.

Vigil (2017)
Tamasha

Public showcase of short play following week long R&D at the Barbican.

Hear Me Now (2017)
Tamasha

Audition monologues commissioned for publication compiled by Titi Dawudu and working with Company 3.
Published by Oberon.

Jigsaw (2016)
Migration Museum

Short play commission for Migration Museum directed by Julia Voce.
Published by Methuen.

Veiled & Vinegar (2015)
Redbridge Theatre Centre

One hour play performed at Redbridge Drama Centre and directed by Maria Pereira.
Based on her original 2014 short of the same name developed with seed funding from Tamasha Theatre Company directed by Jane Fallowfield and with additional support from Old Vic New Voices and Unity Theatre.

The Fairy King, Space Invaders and The Last 10lbs (2014-2015)
The Orange Tree

Short plays in response to The Orange Tree programme and performed as part of ‘Juicy Bits’ new writing showcase in June

Downfall (2013)
Equal Writes / Tamasha Theatre Co.

Short play performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre for Equal Writes directed by Amanda Castro. Originally commissioned in 2011 by Tamasha Theatre Company for rehearsed public reading at Soho Theatre and also later read by Unicorn Theatre’s Young Company.

Border Lies (2012)
Kali Theatre Co.

Full length play developed with Kali Theatre Company for rehearsed public reading at Soho Theatre, directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

Blind Love (2011)

Short play shortlisted for The Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing.

For the Love of Her (2010)

Short play for Write Now Festival reading at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre.

Film

This Flag (2020)
Virtual Collaborators

Director & Producer of a short monologue filmed in Lockdown for Virtual Collaborators Festival. Writer: Kemi-Bo Jacobs.

Origami (Short Film)
130 Elektra Films

Sci-fi short film. Starring Pearl Mackie and Nicholas Pinnock attached. Directed by Jemma Gross.

Too Many Balls (2004)

Writer & Director of short film shown at Bite the Mango film festival.