Aisha Zia

Aisha is a young London based writer with an MA in Creative Writing from City University. Her first full-length play, AN INDECENT INCIDENT, was adapted from Dostoyevsky’s A Nasty Story, and produced by Common Wealth Theatre Company in 2009.

Her other commissions from Common Wealth include the site specific piece on domestic abuse, OUR GLASS HOUSE (Edinburgh Fringe, 2013) which received a special commendation from Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award, and the highly acclaimed NO GUTS, NO HEART, NO GLORY about young, Muslim female boxers, which won a Scotsman Fringe First Award in 2014 and shortlisted for the Amnesty Award. NO GUTS was selected to be part of the Women Of The World Festival at the Southbank Centre in 2015 and is set to tour to various UK and International venues also.

She was commissioned by Chol Theatre in 2015 to retell the Brönte sisters’ story through the voices of young South Asian girls from the local community in a site-specific work staged at the Red House Museum in Leeds.

Aisha has worked as a researcher for Colin Teevan and her first short documentary film RIDLEY ROAD was screened at the 2011 East End Film Festival. She was a writer on the ‘AVE IT line up for the Old Vic Tunnels, the Critical Mass Artists Development Program at the Royal Court and is currently developing projects with Riverside Studios, Curve Theatre and Common Wealth Theatre, amongst others.

London (Greater London)

Indecent Incident (writer, producer), 2009- Common Wealth

Our Glass House (writer), 2012- Common Wealth

No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (writer), 2014- Common Wealth