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Playwriting Masterclass with Atiha Sen Gupta

Sat 27 Feb 2021 - Sat 27 Feb 2021
  • Age Guidance:16+
  • Duration:2 hours

Playwriting Masterclass: Atiha Sen Gupta

Come and learn from Atiha as she leads a masterclass on how to begin your play, and what you need to create a sense of place, character & dialogue. 
No previous experience necessary.

Saturday 27th Feb, 1.00 - 3.00pm 

Online via Zoom Link - this will be sent out when you've booked your place. You can only gain access if you book.

This is a pay what you can event... starting at £3.

Please provide an email address when booking.

Atiha Sen Gupta has been writing short plays, long plays and everything in between since the age of 14. At age 17 Atiha was commissioned by Hampstead Theatre to write What Fatima Did – a play about the hijab - which was produced on the mainstage four years later. Concurrently she was a member of the writing team of e4’s Skins and co-wrote an episode (Naomi, series 3, episode 6). 

In 2014, her play about police racism, State Red, opened at the Hampstead Downstairs at the same time that Ferguson was in flames after a grand jury’s decision to acquit a white police officer who had shot dead an unarmed black teenager. 

Her play Counting Stars about two Nigerian nightclub toilet attendants who are united in love but divided by a toilet wall in a club in post-Lee Rigby Woolwich played at Assembly Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and on the main stage at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 26 August to 17 September 2016. 

In early 2016 Atiha co-wrote an episode of BBC1's medical drama Holby City. In June, she travelled to Copenhagen and wrote The Flood - a short play examining the refugee 'crisis' alongside five other international playwrights in a collaboration between Theatre Uncut and Teater Grob as part of the STAGE festival. 

She is currently under commission to Derby Theatre, is writer-in-residence at ArtsEd and received the 2016 IARA award for Best Playwright. 

“This is the work of a writer with a future.” 

Michael Billington on What Fatima Did, The Guardian​

“State Red is powerfully written, with a really intelligent questioning of issues around class as well as race. Like the best contemporary theatre, you instantly recognise that this is a perfect picture of the state of the nation.”

Aleks Sierz on State Red