Maria Oshodi is a playwright and freelance writer whose work has appeared at the Royal Court Theatre and on Channel 4. She is the founder of the award-winning UK performing arts company of visually impaired artists, Extant.
Maria’s first play, The S Bend, was produced as part of the Royal Court Theatre’s young Writers Festival in 1984 and by the Cockpit Theatre in 1985. She went on to write four more plays including Blood Sweat and Fears, From Choices to Chocolate, and Here Comes a Candle, which all toured nationally and were published by Longmans, Methuen and John Murray.
Her screenplay Mug, was produced by Warner Sisters as a short for Channel 4 in 1990, and Hound which was produced by Graeae Theatre Company and later published in their anthology of plays.
In 1992 she graduated from Middlesex University with a First Class BA Honours degree in Drama and English.
Maria is also a freelance writer, and was the script writer for Braun Arts On multi-media project The Dark, which opened at the Science Museum’s Dana Gallery in 2004. It toured Britain in 2004-5 and re-toured in 2007 in commemoration of the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery on British ships.
In 2007 she was funded by Heritage Lottery to write site-specific play at St Mary’s Church Putney to commemorate Cromwell’s Putney Debates of 1647. And in 2009 she created an audio dramatic walk through Putney, which can be downloaded from the Wandsworth local authority website.
Maria was recognized as one of the ‘50 Women to Watch’ in the Cultural Leadership Programme in 2010, and she has appeared in the Power 100 list of ‘Britain’s most influential people with a disability or impairment’ in 2014 and 2015.