Profile

Sumerah is a screenwriter and playwright who was identified as a rising star in the BBC’s 2017 New Talent Hotlist. For television she has written for BBC, ITV and Netflix.

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

She is Co-Artistic Director of Kahani Arts in Redbridge, Co-chair of the Equalities & Diversity Committee at the Writers Guild of Great Britain and Trustee of Mercury Musical Developments.

Before turning to writing, Sumerah was Creative head of a multi award winning London radio station for young BritAsians - Club Asia. She is also a law graduate, holds an MBA in film business and has a background in TV & film production.

Sumerah is a member of the WGAW, WGGB, RTS, WFTV and MMD.

Reviews

"[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.