Alia Bano studied English at Queen Mary, University of London, and taught A Level and GCSE English in
Haringey. She joined the Royal Court’s Young Writers’ Programme in 2004. Her early work was read at
Theatre Royal, Stratford East during the BritAsia Festival in 2005. She was subsequently invited to join Soho
Theatre’s Core Writing Group, and took part in the Royal Court’s Unheard Voices programme in 2008.
Her verbatim play Behind the Image, developed with Nina Raine, was presented during the Royal Court
Rough Cuts season in 2008.