Writer for Theatre, Film and TV

Rachel’s debut THE WESTBRIDGE premiered at the Royal Court in 2011 and went on to win the 2012 Writers Guild Award for Best Play as well as the 2011 Alfred Fagon Award. Rachel followed this up with ROUTES, which opened Vicky Featherstone’s first season at the Royal Court in 2013. The play went on to earn Rachel the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards 2013.

Rachel’s third full-length play CIRLCES debuted at Birmingham Rep and transferred to the Tricycle Theatre. In 2015, the Bush commissioned Rachel to write a monologue for Black Lives, Black Words. The monologue became MY WHITE BEST FRIEND, which became the template for Rachel to collaborate with and commission a number of established and emerging voices in theatre under the Bunker and the Royal Court.

In television, Rachel has collaborated with Jack Thorne on Channel 4’s KIRI and Netflix’s THE EDDY. She has written on episodes of THE FEED and NOUGHTS AND CROSSES, as well as developing and adapting material of her own with various production companies in the UK and the US. Current projects include a TV adaptation of the David Cronenberg film DEAD RINGERS, and an adaptation of the Jacob Ross novel THE BONE READERS. 




  • Rachel Weisz
  • A gender-swapped reimagining of David Cronenberg's cult classic 80s film.

    Annapurna for Amazon
    In development

    Based on the crime novel by Jacob Ross.

    Pilot Pictures
    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
    Producer Johann Knobel
    Director Julian Holmes and Koby Adom
  • Jack Rowan
  • Masali Baduza
  • Adaptation of Malorie Blackman's YA series. A gripping story of first love set in a dangerous alternate world, where racism divides society.

    Mammoth Screen for BBC 1
    The Feed
    2 x 60'
    Producer Simon Lewis
    Director Tinge Krishnan / Colin Teague
    Studio Lambert for Amazon, Liberty Global
    In development
    Director Rachna Suri
  • Antonia Thomas
  • Set in 2028, on the 100th anniversary of all women in the UK getting the vote. What will the situation be like for women then?

    BBC for BBC Four
    1 x 45'
    Creator Jack Thorne
    Producer Toby Bentley
    Director Euros Lyn
  • Sarah Lancashire
  • Paapa Essiedu
  • Cara Theobold
  • A drama dealing with the abduction and murder of a young black girl, soon to be adopted by her white foster family, and the trail of lies, blame, guilt and notoriety which follow. 

    The Forge for Channel 4
    Producer Jon Davenport
    Director Gabriel Bisset-Smith
  • Luke Barnes
  • Christian Contreras
  • 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

    Writer & Creator 

    In development

    Additional Writer 



    English-language adaptation of the Park Chan-wook film of the same name.

    Independent Film Productions Ltd Broadcaster
    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


    Writer & Creator 

    Creator Rachel De-Lahay & Milli Bhatia (Co-curators)

    A collection of spoken letters that engage with a range of topics, from racial tensions, microaggressions and emotional labour, to queer desire, prejudice and otherness. 

    The Bunker


    Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play
    Director Tessa Walker

    As two teenagers form an unlikely friendship on a bus, a mother observes her daughter's attempt to leave an abusive relationship. A bold exploration of cycles of violence.

    Birmingham Repertory Theatre
    Director Rania Jamaily

    short play

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

    A cutting play about immigration and exile, and what happens when people fall through the cracks. Routes opens up the borders of friendship and family.

    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 accusation of a Black teenager sparks disturbance on the South London streets. While tensions rise, a couple from very different backgrounds navigate the minefield between them and their families.

    The Royal Court