Sarah Grochala

Sarah studied on the MPhil in Playwriting Studies at Birmingham University. Before turning to writing she worked as an actress for many years, playing roles in the West End and in television drama.

Her play S-27 won the 2007 Protect the Human Playwriting Competition and was also shortlisted for the King’s Cross Award and the Leah Ryan Award for Emerging Women Writers. S-27 premiered at the Finborough Theatre in June 2009. It has since been revived by the Griffin Theatre in Sydney in 2010 and by Intersection Theatre on the Toronto Fringe in 2012. In 2011, Sarah was the winner of’s Adopt a Playwright Award for her play SMOLENSK. Her play STAR FISH was shortlisted for the 2016 Nick Darke Award and BBC Script Room 10. Her other full length plays include: WAITING FOR ROMEO (Pleasance Islington 2009; Edinburgh Festival 2006), OPEN GROUND (Theatro Technis 2005) and HOME FREE. She has also written short plays for The Miniaturists, Theatre 503 and Agent 160.  Sarah was on attachment at the National Theatre Studio during 2013/14 and completed residencies with The Orchard Project in Upstate New York and the Studios Key West in Florida in 2015. She was a member of the 2016/17 Orange Tree Writers’ Collective.

Until autumn 2016 she was also an Associate Artist with Headlong, where she worked on creating theatrical experiences using digital media.  These included: the THE NETHER REALM (Royal Court 2014) made in collaboration with the visual artist Michael Takeo Magruder, the director Jeremy Herrin and the playwright Jennifer Haley; and WHAT’S SHE LIKE made in collaboration with Coney.

She currently leads the MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She recently completed a book about contemporary British playwriting, THE CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL PLAY, which was published by Bloomsbury in Spring 2017.

London (Greater London)

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London N10 1LN
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Selected Reviews


‘Director Abigail Graham and performer Jennifer Jackson make the most of Sarah Grochala's The Red Shoes, an astonishingly direct yet poetic piece of writing, a perfect miniature that explores desire and madness in London's Westfield shopping centre.’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, February 2012

S-27 is almost unrelentingly bleak but the taut script and powerful performances are mesmerising. It's a play that lingers in the mind long after the curtain has fallen.’ Gina Flaxman, Time Out Sydney, March 2010

‘Sarah Grochala's play, inspired by stories of those who survived the Khmer Rouge, is a blistering account of the things that we will do to save our own skins, and the way the human heart betrays us. It says a great deal about the systems and structures of new writing in UK theatres that Grochala's nugget of a play has been lying around for two years unproduced. At its best it reminds us of Pinter and Bond’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, June 2009



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Grants and Awards

2017 Longlisted for the Old Vic Twelve

2016 Shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award (Star Fish)

2016 Shortlisted for BBC Writersroom Script Room 10 (Star Fish)

2016 Longlisted for the Theatre 503 Playwriting Award – Top 30 (Star Fish)

2016 Longlisted for the Old Vic Twelve

2016 Longlisted for the Papatango New Writing Prize (Star Fish)

2015 Longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize – Top 40 (Star Fish)

2015 Shortlisted for the Old Vic Twelve

2015 Best Play (Small Venue), Ekin Yazin Dostları Theatre Awards (Waiting for Romeo)

2014 ACE Research and Development Grant (Smolensk)

2014 Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant (a series of minor incidents)

2011 Winner of the Off West Adopt a Playwright Award (Smolensk)

2010 Time Out Sydney Critics’ Choice (S-27)

2010 Finalist Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers (S-27)

2009 Time Out London Critics’ Choice (S-27)

2008 Longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize (S-27)

2007 Winner of the Amnesty Protect the Human Playwriting Competition (S-27)

2007 Shortlisted for the King’s Cross Award (S-27)

2006 Nominated for an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award (Waiting for Romeo)

2006 Ibsen Fund, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Waiting for Romeo)


Attachments and Residencies

2016/17 Member of the Orange Tree Writers’ Collective

2015 Artist in Residence, The Studios Key West (USA)

2015 Resident Artist, The Orchard Project (USA)

2013/14 Writer’s Attachment, National Theatre Studio (a series of minor incidents)


Other Relevant Roles

2017 – Present     Senior Reader, Theatre 503

2016 – Present    English Language Committee Co-ordinator/Board Member, Eurodram

2013 – Present     Senior Lecturer, Writing for Theatre/Course Leader MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

2012 – 2016        Associate Artist, Headlong

2007 – 2012        Senior Reader, Theatre503

2007 – 2010        Reader, Soho Theatre


Publications - Plays

S-27 (London: Oberon, 2009)


Publications – Books

The Contemporary Political Play (London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017)


Productions – Full Length Plays

2016   S-27    The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, Australia            dir. Nick Wood

2015    Waiting for Romeo     Tiyatro Mavra, Adana, Turkey         dir. Ali Haydar Bozkurt

2014-16   Waiting for Romeo  Tiyatro Yan Etki, Istanbul       dir. Serkan Üstüner

2012    S-27    Annex Theatre, Toronto          dir. Yolanda Ferrato

2010    S-27    Griffin Theatre, Sydney           dir. Caroline Craig

2009    S-27    Finborough, London               dir. Steve Keyworth

2009    Waiting for Romeo       Pleasance Islington, London     dir. Nina Brazier

2006    Waiting for Romeo       Hill Street, Edinburgh               dir. Nina Brazier

2006    Waiting for Romeo       RADA, London                        dir. Nina Brazier

2005    Open Ground                  Theatro Technis, London         dir. John Lee


Productions - Short Plays

2017    Not Us     Orange Tree, London                dir. Ola Ince

2015    Alexandria n.      Ark Short Stories, London       dir. Sarah Grochala

2014    Little Mermaid      Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff    dir. Julia Wyndham

2014    The Shadow     Soho Theatre, London       dir. Abigail Graham

2013    Red Shoes      Ulster Hall, Belfast      dir. Aislínn Clarke

2012    Red Shoes      Belfast Festival      dir. Aislínn Clarke

2012    Emperor’s New Clothes     Cockpit Theatre, London     dir. Dominic Kelly

2012    Red Shoes      Chapter Arts, Cardiff; Theatre 503, London; Arches, Glasgow   dir. Abigail Graham

2011    The Beautiful Ones      Latitude Festival      dir. Derek Bond

2010    Standing Out of the Light     Tristan Bates, London     dir. Abigail Graham

2010    Altogether Now      Theatre 503, London     dir. Jack McNamara

2010    Standing Out of the Light       Old Joint Stock, Birmingham   dir. Abigail Graham

2010    Skin      Arcola, London      dir. Zena Birch

2010    Standing Out of the Light       Theatre 503, London       dir. Abigail Graham

2010    Remains       RADA, London       dir. Nina Brazier

2010    Accountable       Theatre 503, London     dir. Jacqui Honess-Martin

2010    The Return      Birmingham University      dir. Naomi Cooke

2009    Remains       Theatre 503, London      dir. Antonio Ferrara

2008    Viable Alternatives        Green Man Festival       dir. Vicky Graham

2008    Gift      King’s Head, London      dir. Robert Wolstenholme

2004    Open Ground       Hampstead Theatre, London    dir. Andrew Loudon


Rehearsed Readings

2017    Intelligence            NT Studio/Orange Tree            dir. Guy Jones

2013    Home Free            Finborough Theatre           dir. Stasi Schaeffer

2012    Smolensk             Theatre Royal Haymarket        dir. Abigail Graham

2011    Sihanoukville            Finborough, London             dir. Eleanor Rhode

2010    Waiting for Romeo          Teatr Ludowy, Krakow        dir. Anna Kerth

2010    Martyrs of Warsaw        Finborough, London        dir. Steve Keyworth

2010    Remains          Theater Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany       dir. Svetlana Dimcovic

2010    Waiting for Romeo         Klub Żak, Gdańsk       dir. Anna Kerth

2008    Halfway Out           Tristan Bates, London          dir. Anouke Brook

2007    S-27             Soho Theatre, London        dir. Sara Masters

2006    Waiting for Romeo          RADA, London         dir. Nina Brazier



2009    Covent Garden          Theatre Voice/Theatre 503       dir. Tim Roseman



2016         What’s She Like            Headlong/Coney            Writer/Curator

2014         The Nether Realm         Headlong/Royal Court         Dramaturg/Curator

2014         PRISM        Headlong/Cultural Institute at King’s       Curator

2013         1984 Digital Double     Headlong/Cultural Institute at King’s      Collaborator