afshan d'souza-lodhi

afshan d’souza-lodhi was born in Dubai and bred in Manchester. She is a writer of scripts and poetry. Her work has been performed and translated in numerous languages across the world. afshan is currently a LabFellow for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University.
afshan has been commissioned to write and direct a short film for Channel 4 (An Act of Terror) and a radio play for BBC Sounds (Chop Chop). afshan is currently a Sky Writes writer-in-residence for Rotherham, a partnership between Sky Studios and New Writing North. She is also currently developing a TV series with Sky Studios.

afshan has edited many anthologies and has an essay featured in Picador's collection by Muslim women called Its Not About The Burqa. Her debut poetry collection ‘re:desire’ (Burning Eye Books) has been longlisted for the Jhalak Prize (2021). Her most recent play, Santi & Naz (co-written with Guleraana Mir) described as “tender yet sharply political” by The Guardian, won the Vault Outstanding New Work Award in 2020.

As well as her own writing, afshan is keen to develop other younger and emerging artists and sits on the boards of Manchester Literature Festival and Pie Radio and is also a Young Trustee Ambassador for the North West. afshan also guest lectures in creative writing for undergraduates.

Manchester and Lancashire

Represented by Marc Simonsson at MMB Creative

Produced Stage and Radio plays:

How to Eat a Mango March/April 2021
How to eat a mango, produced in collaboration with Georgetown University performed at ACLS Philadelphia and the Screening Scholarship Media Festival (SSMF) CAMRA, University of Pennsylvania.

Run(a)way, The Young Vic – February 2021
My short Run(a)way was produced at the Young Vic online for their 5 Plays programme. The short was directed by Gitika Bhutto. Performed by Amina Zia and Ashling O’Shea.

Santi & Naz, The Thelmas, Vault Festival – January 2020
Co-written with Guleraana Mir and Produced by The Thelmas.
Santi & Naz are best friends living in a small village in pre-partition India. Their story spans between 1945 & 1949. When Naz is betrothed to an older man, the threat of separation for the young women looms large on the horizon. As the political situation around partition worsens and violence erupts, they take drastic action. Santi & Naz explores childhood friendship, identity and loyalty set against the backdrop of a country soon to be changed forever.

Chop Chop (radio play) – October 2019
Chop Chop gives us a small insight into the goings-on of an all-female halal butchers just outside the city. A Tyneside Cinema production for New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England. (
Featuring: Sharma Walfall as Mariam; Shobna Gulati as Ameena; Carla Henry as Taz; Murray Taylor as The Inspector; Sushil Chudasama as Customer. 

Assembly Women – Theatre In The Mill – March 2018
A devised play based on the Greek play Assembly Women. Directed by Natalie Diddams. The piece was devised from attending the Women’s Comedy Workshops at Theatre in The Mill.

Meatz R Uz, Tamasha (RichMix) – September 2017
A script in hand scratch of an extract from the longer play titled Meats R Uz. The play is about 4 Muslim women who run a halal butchers. (–- playwrights-2017-beginnings)

Part It Part Not, Royal Exchange Theatre – September 2017
Monologue performed by Shakera Ahad and directed by Amy Hailwood for the Memories of Partition Exhibition. This Monologue was based on a longer stage play called Meats R Uz set in a Halal Butcher Shop run entirely by women. ( of-partition)

The Promised Land, Bolton Octagon; 3MT; Camden People’s Theatre and The SouthBank – June 2015 – June 2016
The play, The Promised Land was part of a showcase at Southbank in London in July 2015 as part of the International Poetry Festival and then went on to tour Manchester and London.

Round The Fire, West Yorkshire Playhouse – June 2016
A play part of the Furnace scratch about Three Indian women – a Muslim, a Christian and a Hindu who take turns telling us about their former rebellious lives and their now trapped marriages.

The Lesborrist Tapes: February 2013 – August 2015 
The Lesborrist Tapes (written under Tara Ali Din). It was played on Round House Radio and toured Manchester and Edinburgh, in the form of radio, stage and has also been published in the anthology Spoke: New Queer Voices. Produced by Young Enigma/Adam Lowe.

Teacups, Royal Exchange Theatre – April 2016
Monologue performed by Shobna Gulati and directed by Kate Colgrove-Pope for the Come Closer Monologues for King Lear.



An Act of Terror – January 2018
Commissioned by Random Acts North, Produced By True North and showcased by Channel 4 Random Acts (Online) (

Sky Studios:
I am currently developing a TV series that has so far been commissioned to scene-to-scene with Sky Studios. (this is yet to be announced)


Theatre Commissions 

Besharam, Karma Nirvana (co-commission with Derby Theatre)
A research and Development commission working alongside leading national charity Karma Nirvana to create a cutting-edge small-scale production which will raise the public’s awareness of the issue of forced marriages and the effect that it has on its victims. Not Produced.

Curse of The Kohinoor, Revolution Mix (co-commission with Royal Exchange Theatre)


Tell Me Who We Were Before Life Made Us, 3 Cups Press 2021 (contributor)

Not Quite Right For Us, Flipped Eye 2021 (contributor)

re: desire; Burning Eye Books 2020 (author)

Match Made In Heaven; Hope Road Publishing 2020 (contributor)

Its Not About The Burqa; Picador 2019 (Contributor)

sounds that exceed 80 decibels; Commonword 2017 (editor and contributor)

Elevator Fiction; Commonword 2016 (editor and contributor)

Spoke: New Queer Voices; Dog Horn Publishing 2015 (Contributor)

My Dear Watson: The Very Elements in Poetry; Beautiful Dragon Press 2015 (Contributor)

Comedy, Film, Poetry, Radio, Short story, Television, Theatre, Videogames