Tanika Gupta


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Tanika Gupta

Tanika Gupta is an award-winning playwright whose prolific work for theatre includes: Skeleton (1997) at Soho Theatre, The Waiting Room (2000) and Sanctuary (2002) at the National Theatre, Inside Out for Clean Break (2002), Fragile Land for Hampstead Theatre (2003), a translation of Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan (2004) for the National Theatre, an adaptation of Hobson's Choice (2003) for the Young Vic and Gladiator Games (2005) at Sheffield Crucible and Stratford East theatres.

Sugar Mummies (2006) and Catch (2006) were performed at the Royal Court Theatre, White Boy (2007) for the NYT at Soho Theatre and Meet The Mukherjees (2008) for Bolton Octagon theatre. Her adaptation of Great Expectations was produced for Watford Palace Theatre and ETT (2011),  Wah! Wah! Girls for Sadlers Wells/Theatre Royal Stratford East (2012) and The Empress for the RSC (2013). Her most recent stage production was Love 'N' Stuff  for Theatre Royal Stratfford East (Oct 2013). She is currently under commission by Birmingham Rep to write a musical version of Meera Syal's novel Anita and Me.

Tanika has also written extensively for television, including EastEnders, Grange Hill, London Bridge, The Bill and All About Me,  as well as writing original screenplays: Bideshi, (BBC Two 1995), Flight (BBC Two, 1997), Banglatown Banquet (BBC Two, 2006). She has written over 30 original plays for BBC Radio.

Tanika was awarded the John Whiting award for her play The Waiting Room in 2001, an Asian Woman of the Year award in 2003 in the field of arts and culture, the Amnesty International award in 2005 for her radio play Chitra, and an MBE in 2008 in recognition of her services to drama. In 2013, she was awarded the BBC Audio Drama award for Best Adaptation for her adaptation of Ibsen's A Doll's House for BBC Radio 3.

In 2008, Gupta was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours for her services to drama. In June 2016 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2018, Gupta was awarded with the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Drama for her play Lions and Tigers.

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