Zia Ahmed is a poet and writer hailing from North-West London. He is part of the London Laureates, having been shortlisted for London’s Young Poet Laureate 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Slam Champion and a Writer in Residence at Paines Plough as part of Channel 4’s Playwright Scheme 2017. In 2018 he was chosen to be a part of the Bush Theatre's Emerging Writers Group. 

In 2019, Zia’s stage debut I WANNA BE YOURS premiered at the Bush Theatre. Zia's latest project, PEACEOPHOBIA, was performed at venues in Manchester and Bradford in 2021. Described as "part theatre, part car-meet", the show was developed with Bradford-based performances, drawing from their experiences and love of automobiles to explore the realities of being a Muslin Man in Britain today.

Zia has also written for MY WHITE BEST FRIEND, was part of the writers room for the first series of WE ARE LADY PARTS, and is currently under commission with the Royal Court and the Bush Theatre.




Producer Common Wealth, Speakers Corner and Bradford Modified Club

An unapologetic response to rising Islamophobia around the world. Part car-meet part-theatre, the show explores how you find peace in a world that tells you who you are.  

Producer Paines Plough
  • Emily Stott
  • A tender, funny, lyrical debut play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you've got.

    Bush Theatre / UK Tour

    My White Best Friend collects 23 letters that engage with a range of topics, from racial tensions, microaggressions and emotional labour, to queer desire, prejudice and otherness. 

    The Bunker

    Edition 5 of Living Newspaper sets out to dismantle histories – be that personal or political – whilst finding allies in unlikely places.

    Royal Court Theatre



    Writers Room 
    Creator Nida Manzoor

    An exuberant music comedy following a Muslim female punk band.

    Working Title TV for Channel 4