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Sarah has been writing for the theatre since 2009 and has had numerous shows produced. She has written her own plays, worked collaboratively with theatre companies on new work and written the book for three pieces of new musical theatre. Sarah also directs and loves working with actors in the rehearsal room.

Sarah is currently writing ‘The Unblinding’, a new musical with music and lyrics by James Fox. The first phase of development was produced by Time Won’t Wait and funded by the Arts Council and the project was been shortlisted for a Kevin Spacey Foundation ‘Artists of Choice’ Award.

Additionally, Sarah is a Co-founder and Director of ComComedy Ltd and is also an NLP Master Practitioner, Trainer and Coach. She regularly runs workshops for performers combining NLP with performing and is an Artist Trainer at Time Won’t Wait.

Sarah loves workshops, young people, comedy, theatre and all the things that go with it. If you’d like her to get involved in a project, please do not hesitate to get in touch – sarah@sarahhenley.co.uk.

WRITING CREDITS

2015

The Night Before Christmas. Sarah is a founding member of Different Breed Theatre. Sarah directed their first production – Anthony Neilson’s ‘The Night Before Christmas’ in a site-specific warehouse/beer-arch in Bermondsey.

The Unblinding. Sarah is currently working on a new musical, The Unblinding with music by James Fox.  The first phase of development was funded by Arts Council England and a work in progress sharing was held at Theatre Delicatessen in February 2015. Sarah was also selected to pitch the show at Mercury Musicals’ ‘BEAM‘ event and was shortlisted for a grant from The Space. Watch this space!

StreetsStreets was given Arts Council England funding for short run at The Vaults in January.

2014

Sarah assisted Jeffrey Lane (book writer) on the West End production of Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’.

2013

Another WaySarah has co-written the book for this brand new musical. It features the songs of  Benedict. It ran at the Cockpit in October and received three Off West End Award nominations – ‘Best New Musical’, ‘Best Actress’ for Julie Atherton, and ‘Best Actor’ for Aiden Crawford.

From Where I’m Standing. This was co-written with Kate Robson-Stuart for Delirium Theatre Company . It previewed at the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford and was followed by a run at the Underbelly in Edinburgh receiving four and five star reviews and a ‘Must See’ badge from The Stage.

The Skinny

Streets. Sarah has co-written the book for Interval Productions’ ‘Streets’ – ‘A new kind of musical’ which opened at the Cockpit in April 2013.  It has received brilliant reviews and also two Off West End Award nominations – for ‘Most Promising New Playwright’ and ‘Best New Musical’. Streets had two showcase performances on the 19th June at the Hackney Empire.

2012

Rent. Sarah directed ‘Rent’ for Interval Productions at the Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone starring Sabrina Aloueche. It ran for three weeks and received excellent reviews.

Muted. Sarah wrote the book for and directed ‘After the Turn’– a new musical featuring the songs of Tim Prottey-Jones. This was nominated by WhatsonStage for Best New Musical and also by Broadway World for Best Fringe or Regional Musical – the only piece of new writing in the category.

2010

Zip: Gun and Knife Crime. Sarah was brought in as a co-writer on Zip with Ray Shell and James Kenward, choreographed by Gary Lloyd (Thriller etc.). She was heavily involved in workshops with young people as well as writing a lot of the music and lightening a heavy topic with a sassy ‘Greek chorus’ of ghosts.

Getting Away.  This was Sarah’s first two act play, produced by the Giant Olive Theatre Company.

2009

Cinderella. Sarah co-wrote an outdoor, site-specific version of Cinderella which she directed and was produced in December 2009 in North London.

Getting Out. Sarah’s first one act comedy play was produced in April 2009 at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.