Sara Shaarawi is a playwright, translator, producer and performer from Cairo who is based in Glasgow. In 2014, her first play NIQABI NINJA had a staged reading as part of the Tron Theatre’s Mayfesto Festival. She received further funding from Creative Scotland to develop and perform the piece at Platform (Easterhouse). The play, which explore themes of sexual violence against women, has since been performed in Cape Town, South Africa and Kampala, Uganda. The play has been published as part of ‘Contemporary Plays by African Women’, a new anthology published by Methuen in 2019.
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.
Other credits include the dramaturgy, performance and translation of ONE DAY IN SPRING (Oran Mor/NTS) and HERE’S THE NEWS FROM OVER THERE (Northern Stage), and project managing the Arab Arts Focus showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.