Sabrina
Mahfouz

Writer & Performer

Sabrina recently performed her cross-genre show A History of Water in the Middle East at the Royal Court Theatre and is one of the inaugural writers in residence at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre for 2019-20. She is working on TV projects with House Productions, Twelve Town, Hillbilly Films, Moonage Pictures, Little Dot Studios and FX. She has three new anthologies published October 2019 - Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making It Happen (Westbourne Press); Poems for a Green and Blue Planet (Hachette Children's) and Sabrina Mahfouz, Plays: 1 (Methuen Bloomsbury).

Sabrina has recently been called ‘[one of] our most interesting playwrights’ by Lyn Gardner in the Guardian and ‘theatrical dynamite’ by the Independent. Her theatre work includes Chef, a play about an inmate of a woman’s prison who is also a haute cuisine chef, which won a Fringe First Award and was nominated for multiple international awards; Dry Ice, her first play based on her time working in stripclubs, directed by David Schwimmer and for which she was nominated as Best Solo Performer in The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence. Clean, a play about three womenwho work in the criminal underworld, which won a Herald Angel Award and transferred from Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh to Off-Broadway in 2015; With a Little Bit of Lucka gig theatre piece for Paines Plough with a live UK Garage score about a young woman’s coming of age in 2001, which has been performed across the UK, including at the National Theatre and the Roundhouse and was adapted for BBC 1Xtra radio, where it won the 2019 BBC Music & Radio Award for Best Drama.  

Sabrina is the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (Saqi Books), a Guardian Book of the Year and is an essay contributor to the multi-award-winning The Good Immigrant (Unbound), exploring her mixed heritage through the lens of British fashion. She won the 2018 King’s Arts & Culture Alumni Award for inspiring change in the creative industries.

CV

Theatre

Writer 

Director Stef O'Driscoll

Sabrina also performs in this forthcoming cross-genre
show about the British presence in the Middle East historically and presently.

Royal Court
Director Chloe Lamford & Isobel Dixon

The Song Project combines the lyrics of 5 Royal Court writers with the music of Dutch musician Wende and composer Isobel Waller-Bridge to create a unique theatrical musical experience.

Music by Wende and Isobel Waller-Bridge

Royal Court
Director Esther Richardson
Writer Malorie Blackman

A sold out UK tour of this adaptation of Malorie
Blackman’s award-winning YA novel received rave reviews from critics and audience members

Pilot Theatre
Zeraffa Giraffa
Best Production for Young People at the Offies 2018
Director Elgiva Field

This playful puppet-based production for young children was based on the true story of Zeraffa, the first Giraffe to travel to France.

Omnibus Theatre/Little Angel
Director Caroline Bryant
Writer Co-writer Hollie McNish

Charting the history of women’s football in the UK from the 1800s with song, movement and monologue this popular show toured the UK twice and was presented at Wembley Stadium during the FIFA 2019 conference

Futures Theatre
Producer Paines Plough
Director Stef O'Driscoll

Well-loved and critically acclaimed show combining UK Garage tracks with a coming of age story toured the UK twice and played to a sold out main space audience at The Roundhouse in 2017

Paines Plough/ Latitude Festival
Chef
Edinburgh Fringe First 2014; The Stage Award for Acting Excellence; Shortlisted for Carol Tambor Award; Holden Street Theatre Award; Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence
Creator Sabrina Mahfouz
Producer POP
Director Kirsty Patrick Ward
Starring
  • Jade Anouka
  • A powerful monologue about a haute cuisine head
    chef who ends up running a prison kitchen, originally performed by Jade Anouka

    The Stage Award for Acting Excellence / Shortlisted for Carol Tambor Award; Holden Street Theatre Award; Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence and Soho Theatre June 2015

    P.O.P/ Just For Laughs
    Clean
    Herald Angel Award, 2013
    Director Orla O'Loughlin

    A fun, fast-paced play about three criminal women
    pulling off the ultimate heist. Transferred to Off-Broadway in 2014

    Traverse Theatre
    One Hour Only
    Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Award
    Producer Made From Scratch Theatre
    Director Matt Wilde

    A real-time duologue set in a fancy East London
    brothel

    Made From Scratch

    Lyricist 

    Director Maria Koripas

    A devised opera with director and choreographer Maria
    Koripas, composer Bushra El-Turk and singer Merit Ariane, which played to great acclaim at LSO St Luke’s in 2018 

    Adapted from the novel by Nawal El Saadaw

    Royal Opera House/ Snape Maltings
    Director Harry Fehr

    A children’s opera written for composer Kate Whitley,
    performed at Blackheath Hall with local children in the cast

    Blackheath Halls

    Television

    Writer & Creator 

    FX / Little Dot Studios
    In development
    Director Johnny Kenton

    Co-created with Johnny Kenton

    House Productions
    In development
    Twelve Town Productions
    In Development
    Moonage Pictures
    In Development
    Director Sam Salim
    BBC Drama for BBC3 for BBC3

    Writer 

    Curfew
    Writer's Room
    Moonage Pictures for SKY Atlantic
    The Good Immigrant
    Writer's Room
    See-Saw Films
    Intergalactic
    Writer's Room
    Tiger Aspect for SKY Atlantic
    Ackley Bridge: Snapchat Series
    Broadcast Digital Awards for Best Supporting Digital
    Creator Malcolm Campbell
    Director David Schneider
    That Lot, Channel 4 for Snapchat
    Director Trim Lamba
    CBBC for Instagram

    Writer & Performer 

    Film

    Writer 

    Tim Bricknell / BFI
    In Development

    Radio

    Writer 

    With A Little Bit of Luck
    BBC Music & Radio Award for Best Drama Production 2019
    Director Stef O'Driscoll

    An hour long radio adaptation of Sabrina's play.

    Production Company BBC Radio 1Xtra
    A Century of Results
    Shortlisted for Radio Academy Award for Best Fictional Storytelling 2018
    Production Company Becky Ripley
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Production Company Becky Ripley
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

    Presenter 

    Power Lines 2018 & 2019
    Shortlisted for BBC Music & Radio New Audiences Award
    Production Company Sally Spurring
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

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