Aisha
Khan

Playwright, Dramaturg, Writer for Radio and Director for Theatre


Aisha Khan is a writer, director, dramaturg and Co-Artistic Director of Freedom Studios. 

Aisha's directing work includes The Abyss by Ghiath Al-Mhitawi (Royal Court/Edinburgh International Festival), Spirits by Gemma Bedeau and Lump by Kieran Launder (Freedom Studios), When We Were Brothers by Ben Tagoe (Freedom Studios), When I Say I Love You by Pete Bowker (SL Shorts), Beep (writer and dir, Northern Bullits), 15 Minutes Live (co-produced with Slung Low) and Wheatish (Spark Lab Productions/Radio 4).

Aisha's writing work includes No Man’s Land, (Theatre An Der Parkau, Berlin/Leeds Playhouse), The Market (Leeds Playhouse), The Johnny Eck and Dave Toole Show (co writer with Mark Catley, Slung Low, dir Alan Lane), The Bee Mask (dir Sam Wood, Northern Bullits) and Moonshed (dir, Sarah Frankcom, Royal Exchange Theatre). For BBC Radio 4 work includes Road Trip, Driftwood Heart, Paper Flowers and Durkopianap D (dir, Alan Lane, 15 Minute Live, Slung Low).

Aisha Khan’s production is deftly directed and the performances are beautifully judged

The Stage
on When We Were Brothers

the piece escapes the confines of traditional theatre, stripping it back to reveal the rawness of the subject matter and the relationships

The Reviews Hub
on When We Were Brothers

the piece is deftly directed by Aisha Khan who uses the intimacy of the unconventional space with great skill

The Yorkshire Post
on When We Were Brothers

CV

Theatre

Writer 

Producer Slung Low
Director Alan Lane
Starring
  • Dave Toole
  • Co-written with Mark Catley
    Royal Armouries, Leeds
    Director Lajos Talamonti
    Starring
  • Stefan Faupel
  • Paul Holowaty
  • Amy McAllister
  • Danielle Schneider
  • Commission by West Yorkshire Playhouse and Theatre an der Parkau, Berlin
    West Yorkshire Playhouse
    Director Aisha Khan & Sam Wood
    Short play as part of Six Shooter 
    Theatre in the Mill
    Director Alex Chisholm
    Part of Transform season
    West Yorkshire Playhouse
    Play about a man in a call centre who begins to plan his suicide
    Theatre in the Mill
    Day Breaks, Night Falls
    Longlisted: Bruntwood Playwriting Competition
    Commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse
    West Yorkshire Playhouse
    Director Sarah Frankcom
    Play set in the future where the Earth has no moon
    Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
    Commissioned by M6 Theatre Company, rehearsed reading at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2002
    West Yorkshire Playhouse
    Winner of the Lancashire Young Writer's Festival
    Director Alan Lane
    Drama set in Leeds in the 1960s, commissioned as part of 15 Minute Live
    Slung Low / I Love West Leeds Festival

    Director 

    Writer Yasmeen Khan
    Spark Lab Productions / Radio 4

    Co-produced with Slung Low

    Freedom Studios
    Producer Freedom Studios
    Writer Ben Tagoe
    The Underground
    Producer Mark Catley & Lisa Holdsworth
    Writer Pete Bowker
    Slung Low Shorts
    Writer Soneil Inayat
    Starring
  • Jayson Benovichi-Dicken
  • Shireen Farkhoy
  • Mani Liaqat
  • Short play about a young woman who wants a Bollywood hero and the young man who sets out to prove he is no Bollywood dummy
    Trinity Leeds
    Writer D. Grace & B. Whalley
    Rehearsed reading
    West Yorkshire Playhouse
    Writer Dominic Grace
    Northern Bullits, Bradford in the Mill
    Writer Anna Clarkson
    Rehearsed reading
    West Yorkshire Playhouse

    Radio

    Writer 

    Road Trip
    1 x 45'
    Starring
  • Afshan Azad
  • Vincent Ebrahim
  • Adem Kanso
  • Parvez Qadir
  • Nasser takes his daughter Hana and her children on a surprise holiday
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Writer on attachment

    Broadcaster BBC Asian Network
    Director Katherine Beacon
    Starring
  • Vincent Ebrahim
  • Rez Kempton
  • Rina Mahoney
  • Eileen O'Brien
  • Play about love and loss when Anna and Hanif meet by chance on the beach

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Director Nadia Molinari
    Starring
  • Rez Kempton
  • Archie Panjabi
  • Emma Cunnifre
  • Sanjit Sii
  • Bhasker Patel
  • When Zair returns to Pakistan with his new English fiancee, tension mounts between her and his first wife


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

    Film

    Writer 

    Producer Ken Trodd
    Director Keith Washington
    Extract screened at Channel 4
    TAPS