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Sumerah Srivastav

Writer - Stage / Television

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

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A law graduate with a background in film production and commercial radio, Sumerah is an alumnus of the Royal Court’s Critical Mass and invited Studio writers’ programmes, Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Initiative and Fresh Voice’s TV Writers bootcamp.

Her plays have been performed at Soho, Tristan Bates, Redbridge Drama Centre, Contact, and the Orange Tree. Sumerah is currently under commission to Redbridge Drama Centre, developing a musical with Rifco Arts and is a regularly commissioned writer on EastEnders.

Work

Current

EastEnders
BBC

6 x 30′ episodes

Untitled Site Specific
Redbridge Drama Centre

Short play commission for Redbridge Drama Centre for performance in 2017

Theatre

Jigsaw (2016)
Migration Museum

Short play commission for Migration Museum directed by Julia Voce.

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

Bollywood Rose (2013)
Real Deal Theatre Co

Short musical performed at Popcorn Saturday by Real Deal Theatre Company, directed by David Henson. Full length version currently in development with Rifco Arts.

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.