AKKAS read History and Arabic at the School of Oriental & African Studies after which he completed a masters in playwriting and dramaturgy at Goldsmiths. In between, he was part of the Royal Court Theatre╩╝s Young Writers and Critical Mass programmes. His plays have been performed at the Rich Mix, the DSC South Asian Literature Festival 2011, the National Theatre Studio, Spill Festival 2011, Soho Theatre, Tara Arts, the Royal Court Theatre, the Oxford Playhouse and the Hackney Empire. His articles, short stories and scripts have been published in The Platform, Ceasefire MagazineIndex on CensorshipPolari MagazineChroma Literary JournalSable LitMag and Brand Literary Magazine. He is the co-artistic director of Sandpit Arts for which he curates the annual Bulbul playwriting competition. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter, researching theatre-making in the West Bank.