Tasmin Jahan is a prolific British Asian playwright, born in England to Bangladeshi parents. Her material has been performed worldwide: UK, Europe, USA, Canada & Hong Kong.
In 2020, I wrote 14 plays. I wrote ‘Youscaryvirus Lockdown-Day 227’ - a one-act light-hearted comical play in four days from start to final draft. Subsequently, I wrote a play based on military crime called ‘Victor India Romeo Uniform Sierra’ - a full length play. That took the longest to write last year. It took me twelve days from start to final draft. I highlight these two titles as they specifically focus on the lockdown experience and the viral transmission occurrence.
As a writer, once I experience a mental block, that idea goes straight into the bin. Then I start afresh. In my view, the idea, setting the scene etc. has to be clear before you meet the page in front of you. That is my rule of thumb.
After writing so many plays (I write a play every month), I realised I would only ever do half of the work because in order to bring my whole writing experience full circle, it is imperative for the great actors and directors to give true meaning to my written words.
Ever since I was ten years of age, I knew I wanted to write. Especially plays for stage, television and film. My new-found interest was discovered during my two year stay in Sylhet, Bangladesh in 1984. One fine day, I remember watching a Bengali drama on television and thinking how the room full of people were so glued to this drama episode. I thought to myself all the actors have quite easy jobs and the dialogue seems simple to write down. So I decided to put pen to paper and started creating exciting characters with inspiring Bengali dialogue. Or so I thought! My first attempt was encouraging. From then onwards my great novelty has become a thrilling obsession. One of my ambitions was to have my work published. Now I have achieved this goal and I am delighted that the public is now reading my work.
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