Sabrina Mahfouz

Playwright

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Biography

Sabrina is a playwright, poet and screenwriter.

She is currently working with the V&A Museum, Royal Opera House, Saqi Books, Futures Theatre, National Theatre New Views, the Central School of Speech and Drama and Clean Break creating and/or teaching work for children, teenagers and adults. Her 2016 plays are With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough); Slug (nabokov); Battleface (Bush Theatre); Layla’s Room (Theatre Centre) and The Love I Feel Is Red (Tobacco Factory Theatres). Her TV short, Breaking the Code, was produced by BBC3 & BBC Drama earlier this year. Her play Chef won a 2014 Fringe First Award and Clean was produced by Traverse Theatre and transferred to New York in 2014. Sabrina has been the Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry, Leverhulme Playwright in Residence and Associate Artist at Bush Theatre.

Sabrina studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, receiving her MA in International Politics and Diplomacy and at King’s College, University of London, receiving her BA in Classics and English Literature.

 Her creative work has been recognized with a number of awards. These include being nominated for an Arts Foundation Award 2015 for Performance Poetry; receiving a 2014 Fringe First Award; the 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award; an Old Vic New Voices Underbelly Edinburgh Award 2012; a UK Young Artists Award 2011; The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance 2011 nomination; an Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot Award and a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights 2010.

 Her poetry collection, How You Might Know Me, is published by Outspoken Press. Her plays Dry Ice, One Hour Only, Clean, Layla’s Room, With a Little Bit of Luck, A Shop Selling Speech and Chef are all published by Methuen Bloomsbury. She has monologues published in a number of anthologies and is a contributing author to The Good Immigrant (Unbound) and Here I Stand (Walker Books). 


CV

Theatre

Writer

Director Joe Murphy
 
Bush Theatre
 
Producer Theatre Centre
Director Natalie Wilson
 
UK Tour
 
Producer Clean Break Theatre
Director Imogen Ashby
 
HMP Styal
 
Producer Clean Break Studios
Director Laura McClusky
 
 
 
National Theatre Connections
 
Producer Nabokov
Director Stef O'Driscoll
 
National theatre Riverfront & Tour
 
Director Nel Crouch
 
Tobacco Factory Theatre
 
Producer Theatre Uncut
Director Emma Callender
 
Teater Grob
 
Producer Paines Plough
 

New garage musical 

Latitude Festival, UK Tour
 
Chef
Edinburgh Fringe First 2014
Creator Sabrina Mahfouz
Producer POP
Director Kirsty Patrick Ward
Starring
  • 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
     
    Clean
    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
    Starring
  •  

    Critically acclaimed solo show about a young stripper starring Sabrina Mahfouz

    Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival & The Bush Theatre, London
     
    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
     
     
    Written as part of the Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot exchange to New York
    The Vinyard, New York
     
     

    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
     

    Director

     

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

     

    TV

    Writer & Creator

    Director Sam Salim
     
    BBC Drama for BBC3
     
     

    Treatment

    Bonafide
     
     

    Treatment

    Bonafide
    In Development
     
     

    A TV series about working on the streets

    Bonafide
    In development
     

    Writer & Performer

     
    Blast! Films for BBC2
     

    Writer

     
    The Space for BBC iPlayer
     

    Film

    Writer

    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