Sabrina Mahfouz


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Sabrina is currently the Poet in Residence for Cape Farewell, an organisation that provides a cultural response to climate change. She is an Associate Artist alumni at the Bush Theatre in London; a Writer at Liberty for the UK civil rights charity LIBERTY and the Creative Director of poetry production company P.O.P.

She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper on the executive board of the London hub. 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 (Hons) in Classics and English Literature.

Her creative work has been recognized with a number of awards. Most recently, these include receiving a 2014 Fringe First Award; the 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award; an Old Vic New Voices Underbelly Edinburgh Award; a UK Young Artists Award; The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance 2011 nomination; an Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot Award and a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights. Her first book, The Clean Collection, is available from Bloomsbury.

Her recent solo show Chef won widespread critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and won a Fringe First. It transferred to the Soho Theatre in June 2015. 

Sabrina's first TV project is in pre-production with Bonafide/Sky. 




Producer Bush / Paines Plough

New musical commission with Bush / Paines Plough. 

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
    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
    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



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


    Writer & Performer & Creator

    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


    Writer & Creator


    A TV series about working on the streets

    Bonafide for Sky
    In development



    Director Rebecca Johnson
    BFI/ Film Four
    In development