What I’m Up To….

May 2016. The Good Wife – Asia House

May 2016. Invited speaker: Reproductive Labour: Goldsmiths University

March 2015:

Roses – Rehearsed reading Saturday 28th March, 18.30pm, Temporary Space, National Theatre.

Brand new work by four of the UK’s most exciting writers created exclusively for the Festival.

ROSES by SHARMILA CHAUHAN (The Husbands, Kali Theatre at Plymouth Drum, Soho Theatre & touring; Born Again, Southwark Playhouse; 10 Women, Avignon Festival). Set between Kenya and London, Roses is a dark tale of love, power and sex. Cast includes Ronke Adekoluejo, Ayasha Kala, Mark Theodore and Philip Edgerley.

A fantastic insight into the next generation of leading female protagonists by award-winning writers-to-watch Charlotte Josephine, Matilda Ibini, Sharmila Chauhan and Luke Barnes.


Feb 2015:

A Tale of Two Sisters – Rehearsed reading Sunday 1st March, 3pm, Rich Mix. FREE

As part of my artist in residence at the Tagore centre – I’ll be having a staged reading of my play: A Tale of Two Sisters on Sunday 1st March at 3pm at Rich Mix.

Written by Sharmila Chauhan Directed by Pooja Ghai

Exploring the birth of the ‘modern’ sari as a representation of female emancipation; Shakti and Seva explores the relationship between society’s ‘good girl’ and

photo by Casipillai Designer Sarees

her sexually free, autonomous sister. Traversing 1800 Bengal, to modern day India – this piece charts the seminal history of the feminist movement in India as it begins in the Tagore household and asks what happens when a nation can not agree on what a woman is.


Ravin Ganatra

Balvinder Sopal

Harvey Virdi


October 2013: 

Excited to be speaking at the Queer Desi panel at this years SALF: speaking about my short stories and play White Turns to Grey which looks at bisexual and queer relationships.

Speaking Out! Queer Desi Literature | South Asian Literature Festival Representations of homosexuality are still something of a taboo in South Asian literature despite homosexual themes and scenes permeating the great scriptures, tales and novels over centuries.

Join writers from the worlds of theatre and film as they read from their work and discuss where the vitriol for this ‘controversial’ subject matter come from, and how intersecting identities of race, religion, culture, gender and sexuality play out in British Theatre and Film today.

With support from the Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) research group, Birkbeck College

– See more at: http://southasianlitfest.com/event/speaking-out-queer-desi-literature/#sthash.RfXkTCT5.dpuf

September 2013: 

Privileged to have been asked by Kali theatre to be part of the ’12’ writers  project exploring honour killings in the UK.

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