Danusia with some of 503’s judges, which included Lyn Gardner, Stephen Beresford, Abigail Gonda, Chinonyerem Odimba, Roy Williams, Alice Birch and Lisa Spirling.

Danusia Samal is a screenwriter and playwright represented by Alex Rusher at Independent Talent. In November 2018 she won the prestigious Theatre503 International Playwriting Award for Out of Sorts, a family drama exploring identity and race for second generation migrants. Out of Sorts was chosen from a selection of 2055 scripts and was staged at Theatre503 October 2019 to 4 and 5 star reviews. Earlier that year, Danusia also created and performed  Busking It, a musical play inspired by her 10 years as a London Underground busker. Originally developed at the RSC, Busking It was commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall and co-produced by HighTide, touring to London, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh . It received 4* reviews and is now being developed for screen. Click here for more on Busking It.

Danusia is one of 13 writers commissioned by the BBC’s 2019 TV Drama Writer’s Programme, working with Clerkenwell Films to write her first TV drama.  She is also one of the Soho 6. Danusia is an alumnus of Soho Writers Lab, Tamasha Playwrights, and BBC London Voices. Other writing credits include:  Decolonising History (an audio play) (Tamasha Digital/ SOAS); Conditionally (Soho Theatre/Oxford School of Drama); Langthorne Stories (Soho Theatre, Waltham Forest) and Las Americas Above (Chaskis Theatre).

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