Omar El-Khairy

Writer for theatre and film.

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Omar is a writer for stage and screen.

His plays include Burst, Sour Lips, The Keepers of Infinite Space and The Chaplain: or, a short tale of how we learned to love good Muslims whilst torturing bad ones.

Homegrown was originally commissioned as part of the National Youth Theatre's 2015 season, and was published independently in 2017. Lyn Gardner described Homegrown as ‘gloriously authentic, snapping and crackling with the sense of young people’.

His first short film No Exit received its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival and screened both nationally and internationally. He has written an original drama, The Invited, for TV, and is working on a feature film.

Omar also holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.




Producer Carissa Hope-Lynch

Part of the 2018 Sky Table Reads series.

British student Karim who has suffered terrible nightmares since his mother's death a year ago. When he stumbles across an ancient Palmyran relic, the spectre that haunts Karim's dreams crosses over into real life.

Two Brothers Pictures for Sky Table Reads



Producer Brett Webb
Director Nadia Latif

A reinterpretation of a classic genre - a short horror film about the terrors of race.

Supported by the BFI NETWORK
La Mofar (No Exit)
Short (11 minutes)
Director Mohanad Yaqubi

Like many of his generation, Ali has decided to run away from the hardships of war. Along the way, he meets a stranger at a bus stop - an encounter that will change everything ...

Idioms Film



Producer Old Vic, New Voices

Omar is one of three playwrights developing original work as part of the prestigious Old Vic 12 development scheme.

The Old Vic
Director Nadia Latif

A site-specific theatrical response to the phenomenon of young people leaving Britain to join Islamic State. The immersive piece explores the implications of radicalisation and extremism on the people and communities behind the headlines.

Homegrown was independently published in 2017.

UCL Academy
Producer Nabokov

Written as part of the Nabokov Latitude Festival's 'Reformation Nation' event uniting music, storytelling and spoken word on the dancefloor. DJ Sweetpea hosted by Deefa MC.

Latitude Festival
Producer Plaines Plough in partnership with the Tamasha Developing Artists Programme.

Written as part of the Come to Where I'm From London series.

Producer The Yard in association with Paper Tiger
Director Stef O'Driscoll

Rahim lives in a peculiar state. When people approach him they see only his surroundings, themselves, or figments of their own imagination - indeed, everything and anything except him. But Rahim is no longer hiding from the world around him...

The Yard
Producer Bush Theatre and Rose Bruford College
Director Alon Tiran

Part of a tryptic of short plays exploring acts of love, violence and revolution, challenging our notions of compliance and conformism.

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf
Producer Offstage Theatre and Underbelly Productions in association with Theatre Uncut

A short play as part of 'Walking the Tightrope'  at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Topside, Underbelly
Producer Caroline Rooney and Chris Foxon
Director Zoe Lafferty

Saeed is a bookseller in Nablus, until one day he is arrested and thrown into gaol. As his future disappears, Saeed finds that the answer to his problems may lie in the past, and in the secrets his father has kept from him...

The Park Theatre
Producer Henry Bell
Director Karima Setohy

With three people, one room and a pool of unanswerable questions, we witness the human struggle to be satisfied with society and our lives in the 21st century.

Orange Tree Theatre, London
Producer Ovalhouse in association with Paper Tiger
Director Carissa Hope Lynch

DAMASCUS 18:00 - Amina was walking near Fares Al-Khouri Street when three armed men seized her. Amina's present location is still unknown.

An Ovalhouse Counter-Culture Commission. 

Ovalhouse Theatre
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
Producer Old Vic New Voices
Director Teunkie Van Der Sluijs

A short play, as part of the 2010 Old Vic New Voices T.S. Eliot Exchange.

Public Theatre, New York
Producer Neil McPherson
Director Daniel Burgess

With the recession beginning to bite and the impending threat of mass layoffs, workers at the New Media plant find themselves caught up in a bitter struggle with their employers. Ashley decides to take matters into his own hands.

Finborough Theatre
Producer Paper Tiger Productions
Director Tanya Singh

An independent nation rises from the rubble of a defeated colonial regime. A quixotic young Sudanese woman dreams of creating a better future. But her equally headstrong mother has other designs - and is hiding secrets of a turbulent past.

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