Rachel De-Lahay

Rachel is a writer for theatre, film and TV.

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Rachel’s most recent play, CIRCLES, for which she won the Pearson Award to write, and won the Catherine Johnson Award from Channel 4, transferred to the Tricycle Theatre in London after a sell out run at Birmingham Rep.

Her last play ROUTES opened Vicky Featherstone's first season at the Royal Court in September 2013. For this Rachel won the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2013. It followed her first play, THE WESTBRIDGE, which was also produced at the Royal Court Theatre and went on to win the 2012 Writers Guild Award for best play as well as coming joint first for the 2011 Alfred Fagon Award.

Rachel is currently developing her first two features. One with Film Four and Independent Films for which she was picked as Screen Star of Tomorrow 2013 and the other with Andrew Eaton.

She has also written an afternoon play, CARNIVAL, which was aired on BBC Radio Four August 2013 and repeated September 2015, and is developing brand new content for both Channel Four, Netflix and Sky Atlantic. 

Her co-created and co-written, LAST HOURS OF LAURA K - the Bafta nominated, multi platform, 24-hour murder mystery - is still available on the BBC taster Website.




Urban Myth
In development
The Eddy
1 x 60
Creator Jack Thorne
Producer Patrick Spence & Katie Swinden
Director Damien Chazelle

Set in contemporary multicultural Paris, The Eddy revolves around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them.

Fifty Fathoms Productions for Netflix
In development
Creator Tony Ayers

A new crime series from the creator of The Slap

Heyday Television
In development
1 x 45
Creator Jack Thorne
Producer Toby Bentley
Director Euros Lyn
  • Sarah Lancashire
  • Paapa Essiedu
  • Cara Theobold
  • Steven Mackintosh

    4 part drama for Channel 4 

    The Forge for Channel 4
    Producer Jon Davenport
    Director Gabriel Bisset-Smith

    Using 24 hours of footage from the fictional surveillance programme SATURNEYE, The Last Hours of Laura K is a disconcertingly intimate, unfiltered and impartial look into Laura's last hours.

    BBC for BBC



    Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play
    Director Tessa Walker
    Birmingham Repertory Theatre
    Director Rania Jamaily

    short play

    The Royal Court
    Evening Standard Award Winner for Most Promising Playwright 2013
    Director Simon Godwin
    The Royal Court
    Director Ola Animashawun

    The lives and loves of Peckham locals will be played out in an omnibus of ten 5 minute episodes.

    The Royal Court

    short play

    The Royal Court
    The Westbridge
    Alfred Fagon Award Winner 2011, Writer's Guild Award Winner 2012 for Best Play
    Director Clint Dyer
    The Royal Court



    School Gates
    Short Film
    Producer Matt Hall, Emily McLaughlin, Gary Richens
    Director Gbolahan Obisesan
  • Anna Maxwell Martin
  • Lottie Thornborrow
  • Liz White

    Short film commissioned by The Royal Court and The Guardian

    The Guardian
    The Royal Court
    Feature Film

    Original feature film.

    Independent Films / Film4
    In development


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