Sara Shaarawi is a playwright, translator, producer and performer from Cairo who is based in Glasgow. In 2021, NIQABI NINJA was produced as part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Independent Arts Projects/Lyceum and national tour); the play, which explores themes of sexual violence against women, has been performed in Cape Town, South Africa and Kampala, Uganda and been published as part of ‘Contemporary Plays by African Women’, (Methuen). She is currently under commission to National Theatre of Scotland for full length play SPITHOOD and SISTER RADIO will be co-produced by Pilotchry Festival Theatre and Stellar Quines at Pitlochry in Aug/Sept 2022.
In 2015, Sara was invited to take part in the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland’s Mentoring Programme and in 2017 she won their New Playwright’s Award. She is an alumnus of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Break Through Writers programme, where she developed LELAH, and took part in their Starter Programme doing research and development on SPITHOOD, a new play exploring police brutality and racism in Scotland. SPITHOOD has now been fully commissioned by NTS and Sara is also commissioned to write a new play for Scottish theatre co-producers, Pearlfisher/Stellar Quines.