Award Nominated Writer
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a 1st Class Honours degree, Cassiah began her career working for writer/director Gurinder Chadha OBE after a chance meeting on a train. Cassiah worked alongside Gurinder for a year on projects such as ‘Bend It Like Beckham the Musical’ and ‘Viceroy’s House’, being mentored by Gurinder in the process.
Currently, Cassiah’s original TV series ‘Robyn’ is in development with Gurinder’s company Bend It TV and Fremantle Media, as well as working on a feature screenplay commission ‘Zen Murders’. She has a number of original spec scripts for consideration including: ‘Shoot the Moon’ (TV drama series); ‘Rain Dance (TV YA series)’; ‘Tank’ (TV dark comedy); ‘En Pointe’ (TV children’s drama); ‘The Chef’s Affair’ (feature comedy/drama); and ‘For My Mother’ (feature drama). She was a finalist in the West Field Screenwriting Awards 2018, and made the longlist (top 3.5%) for the BBC Script Room Drama 2018. Cassiah is also a member of the BFI Network X BAFTA Crew 2018 and was chosen to be mentored as part of the program by film London producer Angeli MacFarlane.
Cassiah signed with SMA Talent in January 2017, and completed three feature screenplay commissions, ‘The Winchester Geese’ (Altter Films); ‘The Canary Girls’ (Mark Andrew Powell); and ‘Maiasaura’ (Unfolding Entertainment). In addition, her short screenplay ‘Evers’ was a semi-finalist for the Shorts On Tap Horizon Award and was optioned by East Head Films.
Cassiah’s work has been performed on the stage in London, Brighton, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, including her debut award nominated play ‘Under My Thumb’ which debuted at Greenwich Theatre in 2016 and later toured across the UK to critical acclaim ending in a 5* reviewed Edinburgh Fringe run in 2017. The play was a finalist in the Red Women Theatre Awards 2016 and was nominated for its second award New South Writing’s Best New Play 2017. This year, she had her short play ‘How to Invest in Poverty’ staged at Greenwich Theatre and is currently in development on a new stage production with Exploding Whale Theatre Company.
As an emerging writer/director, Cassiah’s debut award winning short film ‘Polly’ (2017), about a teenager wanting to escape an all-female cult, screened across the UK and internationally and was a short film winner at the Moondance International Film Festival 2018. Her second award nominated short film ‘Woman of the Night’ (2018), about a mother who secretly works as a bouncer, recently premiered at The Short Cinema Leicester International Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on her third short film Kindling (2019), and is in development on her fourth short Catch a Butcher.
As well as directing narrative film, Cassiah regularly directs the BBC2’s ‘The Naked Choir’ winners The Sons of Pitches music and digital media videos, including their award nominated video for their ‘Wuthering Heights’ Kate Bush cover (CARA Awards 2017). In addition, Cassiah is an Associate Producer on the feature film adaptation of the hit CBBC/BBC series ‘Cavegirl’ in development, ‘Cavegirl! The Movie’.
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