Emteaz Hussain



Emteaz is a playwright and performance poet. Her acclaimed first play, SWEET CIDER, was produced by Tamasha Theatre Company at the Arcola Theatre in 2008 and was published in 2013 in the anthology ‘Plays for Today by Women’ by Aurora Metro Books. BLOOD, her second full length play for Tamasha, toured nationally in March 2015; dates included Belgrade Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse and Soho Theatre London.  In 2014, she was commissioned by Clean Break under their Writers On Attachment scheme.  In 2015, she wrote OUTSIDERS for Pilot Theatre as part of an EC Culture project called Boomerang; the production went on national tour.  In their 4 star review, LondonTheatre1 said “This is a beautiful and very welcome hour of theatre.” Also, she took part in the IWrite feature film scheme run by Creative England.  In 2016 she wrote a monologue for BBC Writersroom scheme ‘The Break’ which was broadcast on BBC3 Online.  Also for Online she has contributed to Snapchat content for ACKLEY BRIDGE.  She is under commission to the Royal Court Theatre for a play about the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, titled TRACE and also under commission to Pilot Theatre in York to write a stage adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s novel CRONGTON KNIGHTS.  She was on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017.

As a performance poet she has performed nationally and internationally and has toured with Transglobal Underground, Fundamental, Hustlers HC and as a backing poet with the Benjamin Zephaniah band. Emteaz works extensively as a workshop practitioner in both statutory and community settings, specialising in pupil referral units.