Aisha Zia is an award-winning playwright based in London and has toured site- specific plays across the UK. She has had huge success with her two most recent plays with Common Wealth NO GUTS, NO HEART, NO GLORY (Winner of Scotsman Fringe First Award, shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Awards) and OUR GLASS HOUSE (Winner of the Special Commendation from Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Awards). Both plays were a critical success with 4*/5* reviews in the Guardian, The Independent, Scotsman, Herald and The Yorkshire Post. NO GUTS, NO HEART, NO GLORY has since been published by Oberon, was part of the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank and Live From TVC Theatre commission with the Battersea Arts Centre on BBC 4.
NO GUTS, NO HEART, NO GLORY, a play about young Muslim female boxers from Bradford staged in real boxing gyms and OUR GLASS HOUSE, a play about domestic abuse staged in disused houses, both had huge success with engaging non-theatre goers and engaged young, diverse participants and audiences across the UK. Aisha’s work is dedicated to non-theatre audiences and has a strong proven track record of working in communities to deliver high-quality artistic work. It has been highlighted extensively in the press, in print, radio, and television and online, notably with features in the Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post as well as several appearances on BBC Radio 4.
Aisha is currently under commission from Contact Theatre in Manchester, Curve Theatre in Leicester, and the National Youth Theatre in London. She is also working on developing her new project GROUND, funded by Arts Council England and the Royal Society of Literature. The play considers the fallout of capitalism and our personal struggles within it through the lens of food and poverty. As well as conceiving original ideas for theatre, film and TV, Aisha also works as a freelance photo editor for the Financial Times and the New Statesman, having previously worked for The Independent and Reuters.
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