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.
Currently writing one episode for the 4th series
Contemporary feature film in development.
Developing original series as part of ITV-backed talent scheme.
Commissioned for a development project
Original TV series under option.
Drama scripting on one episode of major new drama-documentary.
Co-Writer on the final episode of new Netflix series.
Story Editor and Writer.
1 x 60′ episode
8 x 30′ episodes
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.
Staged reading of full length period play.
Full length musical in development.
Composer: Ajay Srivastav
One of eight writers selected to co-write James Graham’s play, performed at Wilton’s Music Hall. Published by Methuen.
Public showcase of short play following week long R&D at the Barbican.
Audition monologues commissioned for publication compiled by Titi Dawudu and working with Company 3.
Published by Oberon.
Short play commission for Migration Museum directed by Julia Voce.
Published by Methuen.
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.
Short plays in response to The Orange Tree programme and performed as part of ‘Juicy Bits’ new writing showcase in June
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.
Full length play developed with Kali Theatre Company for rehearsed public reading at Soho Theatre, directed by Elizabeth Freestone.
Short play shortlisted for The Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing.
Short play for Write Now Festival reading at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre.
Director & Producer of a short monologue filmed in Lockdown for Virtual Collaborators Festival. Writer: Kemi-Bo Jacobs.
Sci-fi short film. Starring Pearl Mackie and Nicholas Pinnock attached. Directed by Jemma Gross.
Writer & Director of short film shown at Bite the Mango film festival.