Theatre, Radio and Screen Writing Credits

THEATRE

 

HOMING BIRDS 2019 (Kali Theatre Company)

LETTING GO 2008 (Pursued by a Bear)

 

MISTAKEN - Annie Besant in India 2007/2008 (Vayu Naidu Company)

 

Click here for MISTAKEN Radio 4 womans hour link

 

PARTNERS IN CRIME 2004 (LIFT)

 

THE MAN WHO REFUSED TO BE GOD: 2002 (Derby Playhouse commission)

 

RIVER ON FIRE 2000-2001 (Kali Theatre Company)

 ‘A true ensemble piece… every cast member works impressively through the gamut of emotions generated as their comfortable world disintegrates… Rukhsana Ahmad’s play interweaves these levels with sensitivity and neatly sidesteps any weightiness by making her issues the sole vehicles for the plot and bases for characterization.

Nick Awde, The Stage, Nov 16th 2000.

‘River on Fire is ripe with tensions and once it is fired up it crackles

with them.’ Mark Espiner, Time Out, Nov 8-15 2000.

‘River on Fire is full of passion and dignity. While the debates

about belief and faith are clear and compelling, the play also

bravely grapples with big spiritual ideas…’

Aleks Sierz, Tribune 24th Nov 2000.

‘This production represents a typically high-paced, provocative

and absorbing piece of drama.’ 

Wayne Clews, Metro Mar 12th 2001

 

BLACK SHALWAR

(adapted from S. H. Manto’s story) 1999 (Kali Theatre Company)

Part of the double bill: Love Comes in at the Window ‘As unexpected in its delights as those suggested by the title, Rukhsana Ahmad has every reason to be proud of this double–bill by Kali … (both) plays are enchantingly professional as well as thought-provoking.’ Carole Woddis, The Herald Mar 10th 1999

 

THE GATEKEEPER’S WIFE (based on her own short story) 1994 (Alarmist Theatre)

‘What did surprise was the beauty and grace with which that message was conveyed in Alarmist’s

new production… a successful fusion of literary adaptation and western theatre style with traditional

Pakistani culture that is bewitchingly uplifting.’ Maggie Clune in Evening Argus Sept 16th 1994

 

SONG FOR A SANCTUARY 1990 (Kali Theatre Company)

‘Too many issue-centred dramas lack the complex ring of truth,

but this is an absorbing exception.’ Antonia Denford, City Limits

‘Rukhsana Ahmad’s play …is an intelligent absorbing study of an

Asian woman trapped by tradition.’

The Independent Oct 15 1991

 

BBC RADIO 4 AND WORLD SERVICE

THE FAR PAVILIONS adaptation of M. M. Kaye’s novel 2011

 

THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS adaptation of Kiran Desai’s novel 2009

Click here for BBC, WORLD SERVICE (PYAAR KA PASSPORT) link

 

MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN adaptation of Salman Rushdie's novel 2006/7

 

MAPS FOR LOST LOVERS adaptation of Nadeem Aslam's novel 2005/6

 

THE GUIDE adaptation of R. K. Narayan’s novel 2004

 

THE BANKER’S TALE based on Chaucer’s CANTERBURY TALES 2000

THE ERRANT GENE 1998

 

AN URNFUL OF ASHES 1995

 

SONG FOR A SANCTUARY 1993

 

WOMAN AT POINT ZERO adaptation of Nawaal el Saadawi’s novel 

 

WESTWAY Member writing team for BBC World Service drama series 2003 and 2004

 

PYAR KA PASSPORT Lead writer, BBC World Service Trust and FM Pakistan radio drama series 2005/6

 

SCREENPLAYS

 

MAPS FOR LOST LOVERS based on Nadeem Aslam’s novel 2009

 

THE ERRANT GENE original screenplay 2002

 

CASSANDRA AND THE VIADUCT short film script (based on her short story) 1996

PODCASTS

 

TRIAL BY FIRE 2017  a true story for Historic Royal Palaces

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