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A landmark collection of plays for stage, screen and radio, Six Plays by Black and Asian Women Writers has become a seminal collection for libraries, drama schools and educational institutions.
Edited by Kadija George, Six Plays by Black and Asian Women Writers includes a revised introduction together with the original essays from the 1993 edition.
Six Plays by Black and Asian Women Writers includes writers who have now gone on to achieve national recognition with work produced on film, television, radio and stage working with some of the most distinguished actors, directors and producers of African and Asian descent in Britain.
This anthology was an important milestone in British theatre being the first book to offer diverse female role models both by the playwrights themselves and through the characters in their plays.
Since the first publication of Six Plays by Black and Asian Women Writers in 1993, Meera Syal has become an international name as an actor, writer and producer, with film, TV, fiction and theatre credits including the popular musical, Bombay Dreams, debuting in the West End; After receiving a writer-in-residence fellowship at Cambridge University, Winsome Pinnock has gone on to write numerous plays such as staged at the National Theatre and many others. She is now considered to be the 'godmother of Black theatre' in the UK. Maya Chowdhry continues to be experimental with her work in multimedia formats, (has co-edited a book with another of our playwrights, Nina Rapi), Acts of Passion: Sexuality, Gender and Performance and is currently working on a coedited anthology of women's writing in the north of England, Bitch Lit; Zindika has written for dance theatre, for Adzido, and co-edited a book, When Will I See You Again with Natalie Smith; Rukshana Ahmad co-founded Kali Theatre, and we have published two more of her plays, namely Mistaken and Homing Birds. She has also published a novel, The Hope Chest, and received a Royal Literary Society Fellowship; Trish Cooke has a successful career writing books for children and was a Children's TV presenter for several years. Not to mention the essays by Bernardine Evaristo who jointly won the Booker prize for Girl, Woman, Other in 2019 with novelist Margaret Atwood.
About the Author
Trish Cooke was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, to parents from Dominica. Cooke developed a love of theatre while still in school and went on to study at Leeds Polytechnic and Ilkley College, where she earned a BA in performing arts. She has since had a successful career as a children's tv presenter as well as writing children's books including the award-winning So Much, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and The Grandad Tree, illustrated by Sharon Wilson.