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Aisha Zia


Aisha is an award winning British Pakistani theatre-maker and playwright from
Peterborough. She won Highly Commended from Amnesty International at the
Edinburgh Fringe for her play Our Glass House, and The Scotsman Fringe First
for her play No Guts, No Heart, No Glory, both with Common Wealth. No Guts, a
play about young boxing Muslim women from Bradford, was selected for the
Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre, and Live from TVC with
the Battersea Arts Centre screened on BBC4.

Aisha has been commissioned by Hampstead, Fuel, HighTide, Pains Plough,
Curve Leicester, Contact Manchester and is currently a Royal Literary Fund
Fellow. She is a former resident artist at Somerset House Studios in London,
Theatre 503’s 503Five, associate artist at HighTide and the Foundation Jan
Michalski in Switzerland.

As well as conceiving original ideas for theatre, film and TV, Aisha has worked as
a Photo Editor for the Financial Times and the Independent having previously
worked for the New Statesman and Reuters.

She edits and curates www.62gladsonestreet.com, a platform for South Asian
artists and writers to showcase their work.