Shelley Silas

Playwright

Shelley Silas writes for theatre, radio and television, and has also written a number of short stories. Her stage plays include ShrapnelFallingCalcutta KosherMercy Fine and Eating Ice Cream on Gaza Beach. Plays for BBC Radio 4 include Dead Weight, Series 4 in Val McDermid’s DEAD series, and series 5, Dead Cert. She co-adapted the The Raj Quartet (with John Harvey), The Sound of Silence (shortlisted for the Imison Award), InkCollective Fascination, adapted Heat and Dust, The Magpie Stories and the highly acclaimed I am Emma Humphreys which won a Clarion Award. She won a Pearson Award and was writer in residence at The Bush Theatre, and Clean Break. She will be working with director Sarah Esdaile at the Unicorn Theatre creating a new theatre piece. Current commissions include a new play for R4, a play for Rifco Theatre Company and a 3-part TV series for Brazen Productions.

Shelley wrote three audio test pieces for BBC Radio R&D, one had visuals created for it and it became an award winning VR short, The Turning Forest, which premiered at film festivals around the world and which Google used to launch their Pixel phone. Definitely one of the highlights of Shelley’s career!

Shelley has taught for the Arvon Foundation, Clean Break and the National Youth Theatre. She lives in South London with her wife, writer, co-director of Fun Palaces and campaigner, Stella Duffy.

Shelley Silas

Fellowships

London School of Economics and Political Science 2013-15
Goldsmiths, University of London 2010-12