Omar El-Khairy

Writer for theatre and film

Theatre, Film & TV
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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.


Kudos/Bush Scheme 2013
Kudos and Bush Theatre
Writer Omar El-Khairy

The Park Theatre
Writer Omar El-Khairy

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.

Sour Lips 2013
Oval House, London
Producer Rebecca Atkinson-Lord
Writer Omar El-Khairy

Drama about a female blogger in Damascus

Polling Booth 2012
Theatre 503, London
Writer Omar El-Khairy

Performed as part of the Rapid Write Rewind Week

Return to Sender 2012
Orange Tree Theatre, London
Producer Henry Bell
Writer Omar El-Khairy

Eyelids 2011
Unicorn Theatre
Director Emma Sampson
Writer Omar El-Khairy

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

Given the Times 2011
Finborough Theatre
Director Daniel Burgess
Writer Omar El-Khairy

Part of Vibrant season. Play about workers who take their CEO hostage

Kettled Passions 2011
The Lyric, Hammersmith
Director Stef O'Driscoll
Writer Omar El-Khairy

Part of Lyric Lounge

SoundBites 2011
The Lyric, Hammersmith
Writer Omar El-Khairy

Short theatrical response to music as part of the Lyric Lounge

Burst 2010
Zoo venues, Edinburgh
Producer paper tiger Productions
Director Tanya Singh
Writer Omar El-Khairy

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

Longitude 2010
Public Theatre, New York
Director Teunkie Van Der Sluijs
Writer Omar El-Khairy

Part of the Old Vic New Voices’ T.S. Eliot Exchange

Polling Booth 2010
Theatre 503
Director Anna Jordan
Writer Omar El-Khairy

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

Rex 2010
Theatre 503
Director Dan Horrigan
Writer Omar El-Khairy

Reaction piece to the play Breed by Lou Ramsden

The Ark 2010
Arcola Theatre
Director Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway
Writer Omar El-Khairy
Starring 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.

Delicate Hearts / Diabolical Minds 2009
Arcola Theatre
Director Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway
Writer Omar El-Khairy

Writer X 2009
Soho Theatre
Writer Omar El-Khairy

Online distributive narrative project commission

H and H Filmmakers Scheme 2012

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