Tanika Gupta

Tanika Gupta MBE FRSL

“In this age of cuts, low wages and increasing pressure on writers to come up with treatments and ideas without a guaranteed commission, it is imperative to have the support of a writers’ union. It can often be a lonely working life but it’s very good to know that the Writers’ Guild is there to protect, advise, support and champion our rights as freelance creative artists. And of course, it’s a great way to meet fellow writers and to learn from each other.”


As a dramaturg and lyricist Tanika Gupta’s work includes the Globe’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016); Love N Stuff, Theatre Royal Stratford East (2016); the adaptation of Meera Syal’s Anita and Me, Birmingham Rep (2015); The Empress, RSC (2013); Wah! Wah! Girls, Saddler’s Wells/Theatre Royal Stratford East (2012); Great Expectations, Watford Palace Theatre (2011); White Boy, NT/Soho Theatre; Sugar Mummies, Royal Court Theatre (2006); Gladiator Games, Sheffield Crucible/Theatre Royal Stratford East, 2005/6.

Her work for television includes Doctors, EastEnders, The Bill, London Bridge, Banglatown Banquet and Flight.

Tanika has also written extensively for BBC radio drama.

She was awarded an MBE for services to the arts in 2008 and is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Literature .

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