Sara Shaarawi

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Sara Shaarawi

Sara Shaarawi is a playwright, translator and performer from Cairo who is now based in Glasgow. She developed her first play Niqabi Ninja after a staged reading at Mayfesto 2014 at the Tron Theatre, and after receiving funding from Creative Scotland to put on a work-in-progress showing at Platform (Easterhouse, Glasgow). She took part in Playwrights Studio Scotland's 2015 Mentoring Programme where she received mentoring from playwright Isabel Wright, and developed  Bury Me. She also was chosen to be part of the National Theatre of Scotland's Breakthrough Writers programme, where she developed  Lelah. Other credits include dramaturg, performing and translation for David Greig on One Day in Spring (Oran Mor/NTS) and Here's the News from Over There (Northern Stage). Sara completed Arabic to English translation for both shows. She is currently co-writing,  Haneen, a stage adaptation of Alasdair Gray's novel 1982, Janine set in contemporary Cairo. 

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