With a name inspired by the yellow Teletubby “Lala” there wasn’t much hope that Laneikka would grow up to be anything but creative.
At 19, Laneikka Denne is an award-winning playwright, actor and filmmaker based in Western Sydney.
Her debut play Dead Skin was awarded the State Theatre Company x Flinders University Young Playwright’s Award and will premiere at KXT in 2021. It is published by Australian Plays. She is currently developing a new work titled Shithole for Q Theatre.
In 2020, Laneikka ventured into screen with her debut short Mitsuku, the script was selected by producer Liz Arday on behalf of ScreenJam Productions in the UK to be produced in 2021. In addition to this, her other short Feed Me Bubbe is in pre-production in Sydney.
Young queer women are at the heart of all of her work, as she seeks to represent real women with agency and intrigue.