Lewenstein, Rose

Rose Lewenstein is a British writer from a non-practicing Jewish family. She trained as a performance artists and graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2008. She started writing plays when she joined the Royal Court Young Writers Programme in 2010. Her first play, Ain’t No Law Against Fish ‘n’ Chips, received a staged reading at the Royal Court Young Writers Festival 2012. Lewenstein has written a number of plays, including Only Human (Theatre 503, 2012), Darknet (Southwark Playhouse, 2016), and Cougar (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, 2019). Her play Now This Is Not The End (Arcola, 2015) tells the story of identity and heritage through the eyes of three generations of women within one family. It is set both in Berlin and London and spans a time period from the Second World War to the present day.

As well as working in theatre, Lewenstein develops television projects for Channel 4 and the BBC, including That Girl, which was part of the Channel 4 drama anthology On the Edge. She is currently developing numerous television projects such as Self (BBC), an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins and she has written on Culprits, a show being produced for Disney. Lewenstein is also writing an original film, titled The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits. She also writes songs and performs in the cult comedy cabaret act Sex Shells.


—. Now This Is Not The End. London: Nick Hern Books, 2015.

—. Darknet. London: Nick Hern Books, 2016.

—. Fucking Feminists. London: Nick Hern Books, 2018.

—. Cougar. London: Nick Hern Books, 2019.