Sabrina Mahfouz


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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 women who 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 Luck, a gig theatre piece 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 will be the first ever radio drama on BBC 1xtra.

Eight of her plays are published by Bloomsbury Methuen. Her poetry collection about sex work, How You Might Know Me (Out-Spoken Press), was a 2017 Guardian Best Summer Reads. She is currently writing her first feature film, about the legendary UK producer and rapper Wiley, for Pulse Films.

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 racial heritage through the lens of British fashion. She received a 2017 Society of Authors Award to complete her first novel and has won the 2018 King’s Arts & Culture Alumni Award for inspiring change in the creative industries.

Sabrina has been the Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry; Creative in Residence at The Hospital Club; Poet in Residence at Cape Farewell; Leverhulme Playwright in Residence and Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre. She has facilitated writing workshops in prisons, schools and charities for the Royal Court, the National Theatre, The Poetry Society, the World Economic Forum, Clean Break and many others.





In development.

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

Based on the book by Dianne Hofmeyr. 

Omnibus Theatre/Little Angel
Director Joe Murphy
Bush Theatre
National Theatre Connections
Producer Theatre Centre
Director Natalie Wilson
UK Tour
Producer Clean Break Theatre
Director Imogen Ashby
HMP Styal

Co-written with Holly McNish. At the Pleasance, Edinburgh 2017.

Edinburgh Fringe First 2014
Creator Sabrina Mahfouz
Producer POP
Director Kirsty Patrick Ward
  • Jade Anouka

    Award winning monologue about a haute cuisine head chef who ends up running a prison kitchen

    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

    Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014, Soho Theatre
    Producer Clean Break Studios
    Director Laura McClusky
    Producer Paines Plough

    New garage musical 

    Latitude Festival, UK Tour
    Director Nel Crouch
    Tobacco Factory Theatre
    Producer Nabokov
    Director Stef O'Driscoll
    National theatre Riverfront & Tour
    Producer Theatre Uncut
    Director Emma Callender
    Teater Grob
    Herald Angel Award, 2013
    Director Orla O'Loughlin
    Short play written as part of the Dream Plays Series commissioned by the Traverse Theatre
    Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
    One Hour Only
    Winner: Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Award
    Producer Made From Scratch Theatre
    Director Matt Wilde
    An ‘upmarket’ brothel: It’s Forensic Biology student Marley’s first night at her new job, and AJ – 21, good-looking and intelligent – is her unexpected first client
    Underbelly, Edinburgh
    Dry Ice
    Nominated for The Stage Best Solo Performance Award
    Director David Schwimmer

    Critically acclaimed solo show about a young stripper starring Sabrina Mahfouz

    Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival & The Bush Theatre, London
    Written as part of the Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot exchange to New York
    The Vinyard, New York
    Producer Mulberry/ Tamasha
    Play written on the Mulberry/Tamasha attachment scheme
    Soho Theatre
    Producer Made from Scratch
    Winner of Made from Scratch New Writer's Award
    The Cockpit Theatre
    Co-written with K Wimhurst as part of the Royal Opera House attachment scheme
    Royal Opera House

    Co-written with Avaes Mohammed based on verbetim material about sexual exploitation of young people.

    Contact Theatre, Manchester
    Director Natalie Ibu
    Battersea Arts Centre

    Westminster Prize Award-winning play

    Soho Theatre



    Five spoken-word poets perform new work from their debut solo shows as part of the Bush's RADAR new writing festival



    Writer & Creator

    Director Sam Salim
    BBC Drama for BBC3




    In Development

    A TV series about working on the streets

    In development

    Writer & Performer

    Blast! Films for BBC2


    The Space for BBC iPlayer
    Creator Malcolm Campbell
    Director David Shneider

    Drama series to be broadcast as digital content on Snapchat. 

    That Lot, The Forge, and Channel 4 for Snapchat




    About the UK producer and rapper Wiley.

    Pulse Films
    In Development
    Alone Together: Words First
    BBC award: Best Initiative for Reaching New Audiences
    Short film
    Director Geej Ower

    Director Rebecca Johnson
    BFI/ Film Four
    In development




    An hour long radio adaptation of Sabrina's play.

    Production Company BBC Radio 1Xtra


    Writer & Co-Writer