Sabrina Mahfouz


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Sabrina is a playwright, poet and screenwriter.

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 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). 

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.





In development.

Omnibus Theatre/Little Angel

In development.

Pilot Theatre
Director Joe Murphy
Bush Theatre
National Theatre Connections
Producer Theatre Centre
Director Natalie Wilson
UK Tour
Producer Clean Break Theatre
Director Imogen Ashby
HMP Styal

Co-written with Holly McNish. At the Pleasance, Edinburgh 2017.

Producer Clean Break Studios
Director Laura McClusky
Director Nel Crouch
Tobacco Factory Theatre
Producer Nabokov
Director Stef O'Driscoll
National theatre Riverfront & Tour
Producer Paines Plough

New garage musical 

Latitude Festival, UK Tour
Producer Theatre Uncut
Director Emma Callender
Teater Grob
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
    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

    Critically acclaimed solo show about a young stripper starring Sabrina Mahfouz

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

    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 & Creator

    Director Sam Salim
    BBC Drama for BBC3




    In Development

    A TV series about working on the streets

    In development

    Writer & Performer

    Blast! Films for BBC2


    The Space for BBC iPlayer
    Creator Malcolm Campbell
    Director David Shneider

    Drama series to be broadcast as digital content on Snapchat. 

    That Lot, The Forge, and Channel 4 for Snapchat



    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




    An hour long radio adaptation of Sabrina's play.

    Production Company BBC Radio 1Xtra


    Writer & Co-Writer