Sara Clifford

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Sara has written over thirty plays including commissions for the Soho Theatre, York Theatre Royal, and Nottingham Playhouse, and her work has been produced in France, Italy, Guadeloupe and Hong Kong.  She was a writer on attachment at Chichester Festival Theatre, and her play A Thousand Days, was a Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn award.

She has worked for over thirty years in community and participatory arts, leading writing and drama projects with the Albany, Donmar Warehouse, Oval House, Clean Break, St Christopher’s Hospice, Creative Partnerships, Nottingham Playhouse, London Bubble and National Theatre Education, amongst others.

As Writer/ Artistic Director of her company, Inroads, she works with local communities to create work rooted in their stories, including six site-specific plays, Home Fires; Vacant Possession; Our Dancing Feet; Stanmer; The Port, the Beast and the Traveller; and The Tribunal.

In 2019, she was commissioned as Writer in Residence by South Downs National Park/ Applause Rural Touring Agency, and the resulting show, Cherry Soup, inspired by participants’ stories, toured rural venues across the Park.

She is the co-author of Making a Leap, a drama handbook with Anna Herrmann; and Artists in Creative Education with Chrissie Tiller. She also teaches Contemporary Dramaturgy, Applied Theatre and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of Brighton; and offers training and mentoring for writers, including the Young Playwrights’ course at Theatre Royal Brighton, and for New Writing  South, and her own writing retreats