Omar El-Khairy

Writer for theatre and film

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Omar was awarded the 2013 Leverhulme Associate Playwright position at the Bush Theatre and has previously collaborated with the Royal Court, the Soho Theatre, Theatre 503, the Arcola, the Lyric and Old Vic New Voices (T. S. Eliot UK/US Exchange). 

Omar's plays include Burst (produced through Paper Tiger), Sour Lips commissioned as part of the Counter-Culture season at Ovalhouse and Given the Times, which was commissioned in 2011 as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. 

He is currently developing two new plays. Soft Sands, a story of friendship and solidarity set within the world of Gazan smuggling tunnels, and For Queen & Country, a black comedy about British identity in these times of global securitocracy.

His latest play The Keepers of Infinite Space premièred at The Park Theatre in January 2014.

Omar is also a writer as part of the Bush/Kudos scheme for 2013.




Producer Paul Roseby

A site-specific theatrical response to the three young girls who left their homes in Bethnal Green to join the Islamic State.

UCL Academy
Written alongside Zoe Lafferty and Caroline Rooney, the team behind the international hit The Fear of Breathing chronicle; a hidden world of incarceration where imaginative resistance, strange escapades and unexpected betrayals have become the norm.
The Park Theatre
Producer Henry Bell
Orange Tree Theatre, London
Producer Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

Drama about a female blogger in Damascus

Oval House, London
Performed as part of the Rapid Write Rewind Week
Theatre 503, London
Short theatrical response to music as part of the Lyric Lounge
The Lyric, Hammersmith
Director Emma Sampson

Part of Tamasha Theatre Company’s Small Lives Global Ties project

Unicorn Theatre
Director Stef O'Driscoll
Part of Lyric Lounge
The Lyric, Hammersmith
Director Anna Jordan

Reaction piece to the play Charming Man by Gabriel Bisset-Smith

Theatre 503
Director Dan Horrigan

Reaction piece to the play Breed by Lou Ramsden

Theatre 503
Director Teunkie Van Der Sluijs
Part of the Old Vic New Voices’ T.S. Eliot Exchange
Public Theatre, New York
Director Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway
Arcola Theatre
Director Daniel Burgess
Part of Vibrant season. Play about workers who take their CEO hostage
Finborough Theatre
Producer paper tiger Productions
Director Tanya Singh

Devised piece inspired by the novel Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

Zoo venues, Edinburgh
Director Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway
  • Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Nyasha Hatendi
  • James Le Feuvre
  • Shane Zaza
    A grown-up fairytale of love and loyalty set in our world, but not just yet.
    Arcola Theatre

    Online distributive narrative project commission

    Soho Theatre



    Kudos and Bush Theatre



    One of the three other participants who take part in this scheme to support young filmmakers