Tonight, much like the Pet Shop Boys, we Go West. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM London heads to The Gate where TEN WEEKS by Elinor Cook played earlier this year. Tonight will see short plays from acclaimed playwright Omar El-Khairy (who also has a PhD in Sociology!), Tamasha regular Satinder Chohan, playwright and Horseshoe Theatre Company founder Sally Woodcook, the prolific April De Angelis who has written for stage, screen and radio, and Divya Sachdeva who works in animation, CTWIF will be her first commission, good luck Divya!
You can still get tickets here or on the door. Show starts at 7pm.
You can read their full credits here:
Omar is a writer for stage and screen. He was part of the Young Writers Programmes at both the Royal Court Theatre and Soho Theatre and a former Leverhulme Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre. His plays include BURST, SOUR LIPS, THE KEEPERS OF INFINITE SPACE and THE CHAPLAIN: OR, A SHORT TALE OF HOW WE LEARNED TO LOVE GOOD MUSLIMS WHILST TORTURING BAD ONES. His last play HOMEGROWN was originally commissioned as part of the National Youth Theatre’s 2015 season. It will be published by Oberon later this year. Omar is also a founding member of Paper Tiger, a collective of theatre and filmmakers, working collaboratively and autonomously. His first short film NO EXIT received its world premiere at last year’s Dubai International Film Festival and screened both nationally and internationally. He is currently working on his first feature-length screenplay. He is in the process of developing two television projects, including a mixed form documentary with Playground Entertainment. Omar also holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Divya Sachdeva was born and raised in Greater London and currently works in animation for a television company. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM is her first commission as writer and performer.
Satinder is the 2013 Adopt a Playwright Award winner to develop MOTHER INDIA, a play about East-West surrogacy set in Gujarat, in partnership with Tamasha Theatre Company for a 2017 national tour. She is also Writer-In-Residence at the Centre for Family Research (CFR) as part of the NEW FAMILIES collaboration between Tamasha, CFR and Generation Arts. Her previous work includes ZAMEEN (Kali Theatre) and KABBADIKABBADIKABADDI (Tamasha Theatre Company).
Sally Woodcock founded Horseshoe Theatre Company for schools in Cambridge with Toby Parsons. Her first full length play FANTA ORANGE was developed at NT Studio and premiered at Finborough. Previous works include PINK GIN (Salisbury Playhouse), THE TROUSER DEPARTMENT (Bridewell, Gilded Balloon), WEDDING BELLES (Gilded Balloon, 78th St Theatre Lab, NYC), MAKING UP (Jermyn St), OXYMORONIC (RADA Foyer) and U BEND (RADA Foyer).
April De Angelis
April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes AFTER ELECTRA (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tricycle Theatre 2015); RUNE (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); GASTRONAUTS (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); JUMPY (Royal Court 2011 & Duke of York’s Theatre 2012, Melbourne and Sydney 2015); an adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Birmingham Rep, 2008); A LAUGHING MATTER (Out of Joint at National Theatre, 2001); A WARWICKSHIRE TESTIMONY (RSC, 1999); THE POSITIVE HOUR (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre, 1997); PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (revived at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013); and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL (revived at the Bristol Old Vic, 2015). She’s currently under commission to the Rose Theatre, Kingston, the Royal Exchange, Manchester, and the National Theatre. April has also written the libretto for FLIGHT music by Jonathan Dove, for Glyndebourne Opera and THE SILENT TWINS libretto, which was set to music by Errollyn Wallen, Almeida Theatre, 2007. April’s work for radio includes an adaptation of LIFE IN THE TOMB for BBC Radio 3 in 2014, a serialisation of PEYTON PLACE, VISITANTS for BBC Radio 4, and THE OUTLANDER for Radio 5, which won the Writer’s Guild Award in 1992. TV work includes a BFI / Channel 4 commission, ARISTOPHANES.