Aisha Zia
Somerset House Studios resident

Aisha Zia

Award-winning playwright based in London and has toured site-specific plays across the UK.

Aisha Zia is an award-winning playwright based in London. 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 and broadcast live on BBC4 as part of the Live From TVC Theatre commission with the Battersea Arts Centre.

"Punchy and powerful." **** 

The Guardian
Aisha Zia
Aisha Zia

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.

Common Wealth, Aisha Zia
Common Wealth, Aisha Zia

Whilst in residence, Aisha is developing a new play Ground for presentation in 2017, exploring personal struggle with the fallout of capitalism through the lens of food and poverty.

Our Glass House, Aisha Zia
Our Glass House, Aisha Zia
Our Glass House Trailer