A former member of the Writers’ Attachment Programme at Soho Theatre, Neela has worked in both commercial and community-based theatre for over 15 years. Her writing credits include ‘Playing Fields’ (Soho Theatre 2002), ‘Lock the Gates’ (National Youth Theatre 2003), ‘Stop. Rewind.’ (Tamasha Theatre & Mulberry School for Girls 2011), ‘The Brave Little Tailor’ (Roundhouse Radio 2011), and ‘The Hasti Puzzle’ (Rogue Writers 2011).
Neela has experience working with verbatim theatre techniques, including ‘headphone verbatim’ theatre. She is the creator of ‘The Talk’ (National Tour, including ‘Highly Commended’ at VAULT Festival 2018), co-creator of ‘One Book One Pen’ (The Dukes Lancaster 2018), co-creator of ‘Young Hot Bloods’ (From the Forest Festival 2018) and Associate Artist for ‘I Walk In Your Words’ (Rich Mix, Omnibus Theatre, and Streatham Space, 2018/9). She was a collaborating artist with Bhuchar Boulevard Theatre Company for their headphone verbatim play ‘Decolonisation: Not Just a Buzzword’, (SOAS University 2019). Neela is currently a writer in residence at Gearies Primary School in Redbridge.
Neela is also a qualified maths teacher and has taught maths, economics, drama, PSHE and script-writing at schools across London. Combining her teaching and writing background, Neela has taught on education programmes for theatres including Hampstead Theatre, The Tricycle Theatre and Belgrade Theatre. She is also a former writer of children’s audio dramas for ‘Now Press Play’.
Neela grew up in Brent, and despite her enduring love for the centre of the universe - Cricklewood - she is now based in East London.