Award Nominated Writer
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with First Class Honours, Cassiah began her career working for Gurinder Chadha OBE after a chance meeting on a train. She assisted on Gurinder’s projects including Bend It Like Beckham the Musical and Viceroy’s House, gaining a crash course into the film and theatre industry.
Currently, Cassiah’s original drama series Robyn is in development with Gurinder’s company Bend It TV and Fremantle Media UK. She is also Associate Producer on the feature adaptation of BBC’s Cavegirl ‘Cavegirl the Movie!’. Cassiah also has a number of spec scripts for consideration, including a murder mystery series Rain Dance; a comedy/drama feature The Chef’s Affair; a family drama feature For My Mother; and a coming of age mini-series En Pointe.
In 2017, Cassiah completed three writing commissions as co-writer on the feature screenplays Maiasaura (Unfolding Entertainment); The Winchester Geese (Altter Films); and The Canary Girls (Mark Andrew Powell). She also completed her debut short film Polly, which has begun its festival circuit and recently gained Honourable Mention at the Women Only Entertainment Awards.
Her work has been performed on the stage in London, Brighton, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, including her award nominated play Under My Thumb which was commissioned by Greenwich Theatre and Culture Clash Theatre in 2016 after being a finalist for the Red Women Theatre Awards. In 2017, Under My Thumb toured in London, Brighton and Edinburgh to critical acclaim, receiving 5* reviews and sell-out performances at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Cassiah also works as a director, namely directing music videos for BBC2’s The Naked Choir winners and Sky’s Sing Ultimate Acapella house band The Sons of Pitches, including directing a music video for their version of Wuthering Heights which earned her a nomination for the 2017 A Cappella Video Awards in California. She also directs theatre, most recently directing the R&D rehearsals for Sara Bodinar’s play There Be Migrants Here (Theatre 503), and Trip the Light Theatre’s original stage production Not Goodbye (Questors Theatre, The Arden Theatre, AEHarris). She is also in post-production on her second short film Woman of the Night, which she also wrote.
Under My Thumb Stage Play Reviews:
August 2017 – “A poignant critique on victim blaming culture… Incredible and powerful play that highly deserves to be seen!” ***** Voice Magazine UK
August 2017 – “A stunning piece of theatre that stimulates our plight for gender equality, and compels us to question the world we live in.” ***** Broadway Baby
August 2017 “A chilling dystopian story… It’s not exactly an enjoyable experience, but it is one that will leave you reeling.” ***** Three Weeks
August 2017 – “Relentlessly brutal, and yet you can’t look away. It’s intensely dark in the most inspired and engaging manner, and proves a brilliantly twisted and thought-provoking production.” **** The 730 Review