Danusia Samal is an actress, writer and jazz singer. She has played a diverse range of roles at leading British theatres, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Globe, Soho Theatre, and Manchester Royal Exchange. Click here for gallery. Her screen credits include Ru’A in Fox’s ‘Tyrant’, Ladriya in Paramount’s live action remake of cult classic ‘Ghost in the Shell‘ and Lady Svenska in ‘The Great‘ by Tony McNamara (The Favourite) on Hulu.
In 2018 Danusia wrote and performed Busking It, a gig-theatre show inspired by her experiences as a London Underground busker. Busking It was commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall and co-produced by High Tide Theatre. It toured in 2018 to critical acclaim. Click here for more info.
Since then, Danusia has gone on to win the 503 International Playwriting Award for her play Out of Sorts, exploring a woman’s struggle with dual identity as a second generation migrant. Out of Sorts was staged at Theatre503 October 2019, receiving 4 and 5 * reviews. Danusia was selected by the BBC for their 2019 TV Drama Writer’s Programme, where she was commissioned to create an original drama. She has since become one of the Soho 6, and is currently writing scripts for the BBC and Sky’s Gangs of London.
Other writing credits include Birthright (LAMDA films); Decolonising History (Tamasha Digital/ SOAS) Conditionally (Oxford School of Drama/ Soho Theatre), and Langthorne Stories (Soho Theatre/ Waltham Forest). She is represented by Alex Rusher at Independent Talent. Click here for Danusia’s writing page.
As a musician, Danusia writes her own songs and collaborates with other artists. (Click here to check out some tracks!) Her EP ‘Let’s Do It’ (buy here) is a modern take on jazz classics with guitarist and comedian Ed Gaughan. Danusia also collaborates with musical duo Hugely Problematic, who composed the score for Busking It.
Danusia performs regularly as a jazz/soul singer and is a grade 8 singer and fully qualified vocal tutor.
Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks.