Sonali Bhattacharyya

Sonali Bhattacharyya is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter (Sonia Friedman Production Award and Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award for Chasing Hares).

Her plays include Chasing Hares (Young Vic), Two Billion Beats (Orange Tree Theatre), Megaball (National Theatre Learning), Slummers (Cardboard Citizens/Bunker Theatre), The Invisible Boy (Kiln Theatre) and 2066 (Almeida Theatre).

Sonali is a graduate of the Royal Court Writers' Group, the Old Vic 12, and Donmar Warehouse Future Forms Programme and recipient of the Bertha Foundation Artivism Award. She is currently under commission to  Fifth Word, Kiln Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic, is developing a drama series for television with Dancing Ledge Productions and an Augmented Reality project with Anagram.

London (Greater London)

Sam Greenwood and Nish Panchal at Curtis Brown


Chasing Hares – Sonia Friedman Production Award and Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award - winner.

Deepa the Saint – Women’s Playwriting Award - shortlist



Two Billion Beats – current

The highly acclaimed production returns to the Orange Tree in January 2023, with Nimmo Ismail directing.

The Little Mermaid - current

A Main Stage adaptation for Bristol Old Vic, directed by Miranda Cromwell

The Resistance of Frieda Belinfante – current

A commission for Kiln Theatre.

Liberation Squares – current

A commission for Fifth Word Theatre Company.

Chasing Hares – 2022

Mainstage production for The Young Vic, directed by Milli Bhatia.

(***** The Telegraph **** The Guardian: "Sonali Bhattacharyya’s fast, witty script finds an original way to tell the global backstory of the zero-hours workforce.")

Silence – 2022

A production for Tara Arts and Donmar Warehouse.

Two Billion Beats – 2022

Orange Tree Theatre production, directed by Nimmo Ismail.

(**** The Stage **** The Guardian: “I’d defy anyone to remain unmoved.”)

Assembly: The Teachers’ Play – 2022

For Almeida Participation’s ‘The Keyworkers’ Cycle’. (The Guardian: “Thoughtfully enabled campfire theatre, a precious, collaborative improvisation to keep the darkness at bay.”)

Megaball – 2019

For National Theatre Learning’s ‘Let’s Play’ programme for primary schools.

Slummers – 2017

Produced by Cardboard Citizens as part of the ‘Home Truths’ season at The Bunker.

The Invisible Boy – 2017

A youth company production for Kiln Theatre’s ‘Mapping Brent’.



Rana Plaza/Hope in the Rubble – in development

Drama for Dancing Ledge Productions.

Childrens writing, Film, Online writing, Radio, Television, Theatre, Videogames