Sumerah is a playwright and screenwriter with a background in TV & feature film production and commercial radio.

Her plays have been performed at Soho, Contact, Tristan Bates, Redbridge Drama Centre, Contact, The Pleasance and the Orange Tree.

In television Sumerah is a regular writer on EastEnders whilst also developing her own original material. Sumerah has been identified as a rising star in the BBC's 2017 New Talent Hotlist and is one of fifteen writers selected for Creative Skillset and MediaXchange's Advanced writing for TV drama.


"[In Downfall] we saw life from the younger perspective, raw and unaffected, touching in its pain." Jean Rogers, Vice-President, Equity.

"Srivastava's writing shows us that our young people are just as emotionally engaged as any adult, even if they don't always show it." Carly Halse, Reviewer, Female Arts (On Downfall)

“A classic short story with a chilling twist in the tale. A sympathetic protagonist brings about a compelling narrative, with modern imagery to bring the horror genre up to date.”
Kate Rowland, Creative Director New Writing, BBC (On Purple Rain)

“She has a highly distinctive voice, one that is underrepresented by the mainstream and which is a rich source of potential for stories that truly reflect today’s diverse contemporary British culture.” Rob Cheek, Producer, Route 24.