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Sumerah Srivastav

Writer - Stage / Television

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

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Sumerah is a playwright and screenwriter with a background in media and law.

As a playwright she has been a member of the Royal Court’s Critical Mass and invited Studio Writers’ programmes, Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Initiative, Orange Tree Writers Collective and The Criterion playwright programme.

She’s been identified as a rising star in the BBC’s 2017 New Talent Hotlist and this year she is a BAFTA Crew (Film/TV) participant. Sumerah is due to complete MediaXchange and Creative Skillset’s invited programme Advanced Writing for TV drama and she has recently been selected to take part in Vertical Lab, a mentoring programme by the Independent Film Trust.

Sumerah is a member of the Writers Guild, the Royal Television Society, Women in Film & TV and Mercury Musical Developments. She is on Twitter @sumerahas and more info can be found at www.sumerah.com

Work

Current

High Frequency (Feature Film)
Air Street Films / Poisson Rouge Pictures

Contemporary feature film in development.

Accession (Play)
Criterion Theatre Trust / Worthing Theatres (supported by)

Full length period play in development.

Origami (Short Film)
130 Elektra Films

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

Bollywood Rose (Musical)
Julie Clare Productions

Full length musical in development. Composer: Ajay Srivastav. Director: Adam Lenson.

Television

Eastenders (2015 ongoing)
BBC

8 x 30’ episodes

Theatre

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

Too Many Balls (2004)

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