Over the past 15 years Tanika has written over 20 stage plays that have been produced in major theatres across the UK and has written extensively for BBC Radio drama.
Theatre credits include: Adaptation of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Hull Truck Theatre) Lions And Tigers (Globe Theatre) Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe Theatre –Dramaturg), Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep); Love N Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East); The Empress (Royal Shakespeare Company); Wah! Wah! Girls - A British Bollywood Musical (Sadler’s Wells); Mindwalking (Bandbazi Theatre); Great Expectations (Watford Palace Theatre/English Touring Theatre); Meet The Mukherjees (Bolton Octagon Theatre); White Boy (National Youth Theatre/Soho Theatre); Sugar Mummies (Royal Court Theatre); Gladiator Games (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); Hobson’s Choice (Young Vic); Fragile Land (Hampstead Theatre); Inside Out (Clean Break); Sanctuary, Brecht’s The Good Woman Of Setzuan and The Waiting Room (National Theatre) ; Skeleton (Soho Theatre). A River Sutra (Indoza).
Television credits include: Doctors, London Bridge, All About Me, EastEnders, Grange Hill, The Bill ,Flight, Banglatown Banquet, Our Lives As Animals ,The Fiancee and Bideshi.
Radio credits include: Death of a Matriarch, The Home and The World, Emma (Adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel), Writing The Century, Bindi Business, Song Of The Road, The God Of Small Things, Baby Farming and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.
In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Drama and in 2016 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Tanika has an honorary doctorate in the Arts from Chichester University and is an Honorary Fellow at Rose Bruford College and Central School of Speech and Drama.
Tanika is currently under commission with National Theatre Scotland and the Royal Court Theatre and is developing a musical project with Universal Music Group. She is also working on an original television series with Meera Syal for Douglas Road/Artists Studio and the BBC and is also writing a feature film for Altitude Films.
For LIONS AND TIGERS - James Tait Black Prize for Drama, 2018
For A DOLLS HOUSE - BBC Audio Drama Award for 'Best Adaptation', 2013
For CHITRA - Amnesty International UK Media Awards, 2005
FOR FRAGILE LAND and HOBSON'S CHOICE - Laurence Olivier Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, 2004
For THE WAITING ROOM - John Whiting Award, 2000