Film, TV & Theatre
Rabiah was a writer for the prestigious Kudos TV and Royal Court Theatre Fellowship Programme in 2019, following which, she was commissioned by Royal Court to write WORD-PLAY which has premiered in July 2023. She was commissioned by Royal Court to write another play and was part of their One Night Stand programme. Rabiah was in the writer’s room for Riz Ahmed’s ENGLISTAN, and completed a shadow scheme with The Forge for ACKLEY BRIDGE.
In 2018, Rabiah was part of the BBC Drama Room programme and is an alumnus of the B3 Media Talent Lab for upcoming BAME filmmakers. Rabiah’s debut full-length play, SPUN, premiered at Arcola Theatre in July 2018, receiving 4-star reviews in The Guardian and The Stage, and was nominated for Best Stage Production at the Asian Media Awards. SPUN toured Canada in 2019, and won the German Baden-Wuttemberg Youth Theatre Prize in 2020. Rabiah co-wrote WE ARE SHADOWS, an audio drama tour of Brick Lane for Tamasha Theatre in 2020. Her other plays include WHERE I LIVE AND WHAT I LIVE For written for Theatre Absolute in 2017.
Rabiah was the copywriter for the 2019 LEVI’s Music Project campaign video, YOUR VOICE. YOUR WAY.
Rabiah’s plays, poetry, monologues, and audio projects have been part of programmes with Tamasha Theatre, The Rich Mix, The Space Arts Centre, The Bunker Theatre, RADA, Bechdel Theatre, Theatre Absolute, and Battersea Art Centre.
Accompanying her creative work, Rabiah has contributed opinion pieces to The Guardian, Huffington Post Blog, Exeunt Magazine, Burnt Roti, The F-Word, Gal-Dem and Wales Arts Review.
Evening Standard - Often hilarious, sometimes moving, this work about how words matter has a cumulative power...Playful, thoughtful, and deliciously up-to-the-minute
The Stage - The play is at its most resonant [ ] in the way it captures language’s ability both to divide people, and to unite them
The Guardian - Boldly, excitingly experimental...Hussain’s script shines in sudden moments of lyrical outrage and the actors do these scenes justice
Time Out - Word-Play’ deliberately talks around its points, in a series of sketch-like scenes exploring how language clouds reality...it's blade-sharp.
Metro - ...The evening fizzes along with thought-provoking and explosive examples of how even innocuous words can do damage
What’s On Stage - This play shows how it’s all too easy to manipulate language for self-serving purposes and to use a lot of words while saying nothing – especially when it comes to ‘balance’
Little House Productions
Original TV idea
Part of writer’s room
The Forge / Channel 4
Series 3, shadow scheme writer
MY VOICE IS...
Series of one-off performances at the Royal Court.
ROYAL COURT AND KUDOS FELLOWSHIP
Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Film & Television
WE ARE SHADOWS
Tamasha Theatre, Rightful Place Theatre & Coney Productions
Audio drama tour of Brick Lane
27 June – 28 July 2018
WHERE I LIVE AND WHAT I LIVE FOR
Writer, 30 minute monologue commissioned as part of Theatre Absolute's 'Are We Where We Are' programme
Bechdel Theatre, Bunker Theatre
Writer. Short play commissioned for Bechdel Testing Life festival of writing by female playwrights, taking inspiration from recorded real life conversations between women
RADA / Take Back Theatre
The Bunker Theatre
Writer, short play showcased at Bunker Without Borders festival at The Bunker Theatre
The Space Arts Centre
Writer and performer of spoken word monologue, One Festival
The Horse Hospital
Short play presented as part of Peg’s Off programme for Three Peg’s Productions
Various Instances Production