Sonali
Bhattacharyya

Playwright and Screenwriter

Sonali Bhattacharyya is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter (Sonia Friedman Production Award and Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award for Chasing Hares) whose credits include Megaball (National Theatre Learning), Slummers (Cardboard Citizens/Bunker Theatre), The Invisible Boy (Kiln Theatre) and 2066 (Almeida Theatre). She is a graduate of the Royal Court Writers' Group, the Old Vic 12, and Donmar Warehouse’s Future Forms Programme. She is currently under commission to the Orange Tree Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Fifth Word, and Kiln Theatre, and is developing a drama series for television with Dancing Ledge Productions. Website: https://www.sonaliwrites.com/

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Theatre

Writer 

A short play for the Orange Tree Theatre’s InsideOut season. Schoolgirl Asha grapples with her place in the world, the legacy of colonialism, and a hamster. A full-length version has now been commissioned by the Orange Tree, with production scheduled for early 2022.

Orange Tree Theatre

A musical for National Theatre Learning’s ‘Let’s Play’ programme for primary schools. Iman might not be sporty or popular, but her imagination’s big enough to invent a new sport that takes over the school and puts her and the other misfits centre stage. Music by Harry Blake.

National Theatre Learning
Producer Cardboard Citizens
Director Caitlin McLeod

For Cardboard Citizens’ ‘Home Truths’ season at The Bunker, an immersive multi-story speculation on need, greed and good intentions. Slummers explores the role of charity in housing, and the precariously fine line between being viewed as ‘good poor’ or ‘bad poor’.

The Bunker
Director Tinuke Craig

For Kiln Theatre’s ‘Mapping Brent’ festival. A funny, spooky story about friendship, loyalty, and how complicated things can get when you’re a teenage boy.

Kiln Theatre
Starring
  • Sophie Melville
  • Sara Goddard
  • For Almeida Participation. '2066' imagines a future without universal healthcare and the impossible decisions this leaves a mother and her daughter.

    Almeida Theatre

    Television

    Writer & Creator 

    A drama about the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh.

    Dancing Ledge Productions
    In development