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Sarah Grochala

SARAH GROCHALA

  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Julia Tyrell Management  represented by Julia Tyrell

Sarah Grochala studied on the MPhil in Playwriting Studies at Birmingham University and has been recognised as one of the course's most distinguished graduates. 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. S-27 premiered at the Finborough Theatre in June 2009 and was revived at the Griffin Theatre in Sydney in March 2010. Both productions were selected as Time Out Critics' Choices. Other plays include: Waiting For Romeo (Pleasance Islington 2009; Edinburgh Festival 2006) and Open Ground (theatro Technis 2005). Sarah has written short plays for the Miniaturists and for Theatre 503, where she currently works as a senior reader. She has taught playwriting and other aspects of Theatre making to students at Central School of Speech and Drama, Queen Mary University of London and Kingston University. She occasionally writes about Theatre for the Guardian's Theatre blog. Sarah is currently Off West end.com's adopted playwright and is working with them on a play about nationalism in eastern europe. Current projects include a commission for the RSC.

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        Altogether Now         Cut Off         Gift         Halfway Out         Home Free         Open Ground         Red Shoes, The         Remains         S-27         Sihanoukville         Skin         Viable Alternatives         Waiting For Romeo



Altogether Now

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theatre503 present a series of short plays which riff on the theme of "Coalition" - both in that they are all products of collaborations between playwrights and artists of other disciplines, and in that they all address in one way or another the new age of coalition government in which we find ourselves. You might say that a theatrical exploration of the current political situation could have come a little sooner; but coinciding as it does with the student riots and the general reaction to the October cuts, this project feels incredibly vital. there are ten pieces of work, split into a Blue Group and a Yellow Group (for Tories and Lib Dems, of course), which perform on alternate nights.

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By Sarah Grochala And Heydon Prowse, Joseph Wade & William Pine

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Cut Off

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art is not An Add-on, It never has been. It has Always been central to our existence And understanding. Lee Hall, Guardian theatre Blog earlier this year. This year (2010) the Arts Council Announced 19m worth of cuts to Arts funding. Some people thought this was for the best, some thought it was for the worst. Five writers give their response. Plays by Ben Blaine (BaFTa Short-Listed Film Maker), Peter Cant, Sarah Grochala (Winner of the Amnesty International Protect the Human Playwriting Competition for S27), Heather O'shea & Rebecca Walker (Winner of BBC Writersroom Five Days in May Competition)

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Gift

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Halfway Out

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It's the morning of Jo's wedding, but she can't remember the night before. Her engagement ring has vanished and the bridesmaids are on the verge of a catfight. Teetering on the edge of either the greatest moment or the biggest mistake of her life, Jo begins to question the nature of her feelings for her fiancee. Is she rushing headlong into a dangerously perfect future in a futile attempt to escape her past? I would become too much a part of you. Dissolve before your very eyes. Just a shadow, clutching at your heels, repeating your every step. You'd rip yourself free and I would have lost myself. Left like a puddle reflecting nothing but the sky, the whole universe in its vast utter emptiness.

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part of Writers' Block - {a week of new work}

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Home Free

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Generation-renters Edie and Angus missed their chance to get on the property ladder and now that the baby boomers have pulled the ladder up after them, Edie and Anguss dream of owning their own home is fading fast. When Edie's estranged mother suddenly dies, leaving Edie an old crumbling terrace house in one of the most desirable parts of town, it finally seems like all their grand designs are within their grasp. But with rising damp in the walls, a skeleton in every cupboard and property developers circling like vultures, are bricks and mortar really worth the high price that must be paid to secure them?

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Open Ground

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dystopian political fantasy

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theatro Technis, London    2005

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Dirty Market Theatre Company

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Red Shoes, The

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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, Guardian

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agent 160 theatre Organisations: Short plays. Agent 160 is A new company Aiming to Address the fact that women write just 17 per cent of All theatre work produced in the UK.

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Remains

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S-27

S-27
S-27 asks if survival meant complicity with a brutal regime, what would you sacrifice for someone you love? May's revolutionary idealism has earned her a job as prison photographer for the Organisation. But as the faces of the regime's enemies pass her unflinching lens, will they shake May's belief in the world she helped create?

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Winner of the Amnesty International Protect the Human Playwriting Award And inspired by the history of Cambodia's S-21 prison under the rule of the Khmer Rouge

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Oberon Books, London (2009) >>>    978-1840029307

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Sihanoukville

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part of Vibrant  A Festival of Finborough Playwrights 2011

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Skin

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Part of Miniaturists 25 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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Viable Alternatives

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Waiting For Romeo

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pitches two sisters in a search for love into a conflict zone

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RaDa/Hill Street theatre    -

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