Come To Where I'm From

Mon 27 Jun 2016

Paines Plough and Tamasha present


Featuring: Karla Williams, Zia Ahmed, Mediah Ahmed, Gabriel Bisset-Smith and Che Walker

Since 2010, Come To Where I’m From has seen more than 100 writers from across the UK writing plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now Come To Where I’m From invites London playwrights to tell their stories for the first time. In partnership with Tamasha, Paines Plough present a series of London Come To Where I’m From events across the city representing North, South, East and West London which will see some well-known names alongside some of the most exciting new voices from the Tamasha Developing Artists programme.

You can listen to plays from around the UK online at or via the Come To Where I’m From app available free from the app store.



Zia Ahmed

Zia Ahmed is from and based in North West London. He is currently a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He was 2014/15 poet-in-residence for Cape Farewell looking at the cultural response to climate change. He won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2011.

Karla Williams

Karla Williams won the Best Screenplay Award at the Van d’Or Awards 2013 for her short film PRETTY BITCH (based upon the stage play of the same name). With the stage play touring across the UK, the film has been screened internationally at the BFI in London, Denmark, Cannes, Berlin, Vancouver and Turkey. Her full length play BUT I DON’T LIKE GIRLS was selected for the Talawa Firsts Festival 2014 and long listed for the Alfred Fagon Award 2014 and Bruntwood Prize 2015. @KarlawithaK82

Mediah Ahmed

Mediah Ahmed was born and bred in North West London. With a PhD in Biophysics, her love of theatre was sparked while participating in the Unheard Voices writing workshops at Royal Court. Her first piece, REPENTANCE, ran for two weeks as part of ANGLE at the Bush. She also has poetry published in the SALIDAA and Keats House Poets’ anthologies. Her last play, GRAVE, featured in the Tamasha Scratch Night at Soho Theatre. @mudda28

Ché Walker

Ché Walker is a playwright and director. His previous work with Paines Plough includes Crazy Love. This year Walker will direct the feature film adaptation of his original musical Been So Long from his own screenplay for Greenacre Films/UKFC and is also developing an original television series with the BBC. He recently directed Estate Walls, a new play by Arinze Kene at The Oval House Theatre and will direct his next play Little Baby Jesus there in May this year.