Sabrina Mahfouz


Plays by Sabrina Mahfouz


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Chef tells the gripping story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. Leading us through her world of mouth-watering dishes and heart-breaking memories, Chef questions our attitudes to food, prisoners, violence, love and hope. Inspired by an interview the playwright, Sabrina Mahfouz, conducted with celebrity chef Ollie Dabbous, Chef studies food as the ultimate art form taking stimulus from Dabbous’s obsession with simplicity and making something the best it can be.

Featuring Sabrina Mahfouz’s distinct, lyrical style in abundance, Chef received its premiere at the Underbelly, Cowgate, during the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning a Fringe First, and was subsequently produced at the Soho Theatre, London, in June 2015.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Zainab, Chloe & Katya, London’s best ‘clean’ criminals and perpetrators of victimless crime, are forced together in an unlikely trio. This feisty trio soon become the unlikely action heroes of an adventure left to men. A short play commissioned by the Traverse Theatre, 2012, Clean was part of the A Play, A Pie & A Pint Season at Òran Mor, Glasgow and The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

Sabrina Mahfouz’s Clean was originally published in a volume of three plays called The Clean Collection, alongside Dry Ice and One Hour Only . The volume also contained a selection of poetry by the playwright.

Dry Ice

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Dry Ice is a critically acclaimed solo show about a young stripper, which was produced at by the Underbelly, Edinburgh, and the Bush Theatre, London, and directed by David Schwimmer. It played at the Contact, Manchester, the Southbank Centre, London, and the Bush Theatre, London, as part of Madani Younis’s debut season in 2012.

Sabrina Mahfouz’s Dry Ice was originally published in a volume of three plays called The Clean Collection, alongside One Hour Only and Clean . The volume also contained a selection of poetry by the playwright.

Layla's Room

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

For Layla, every day is a battleground.The pay gap, the thigh gap, over-sexed pop and selfies that are photoshopped – they’re just part of the world she lives in.

But that world is about to change.While breaking out of her bedroom – and with drama, comedy, poetry and music as her weapons – Layla breaks down and makes sense of the realities, difficulties and absurdities of teenage life in the UK today.

Collected from a bespoke national survey, the voices of a thousand UK teens are brought to life in Layla. Their ambitions, concerns, role-models and regrets are woven together by award-winning Sabrina Mahfouz and theatre company Theatre Centre, offering a hard-hitting, yet hopeful, story.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

The women you’ve seen play today, we are more than football players, more than athletes and sportspeople of the very highest degree. We are heroines or heroes - or however you wanna say it – and we should be taking our place on posters and platforms and TV stations, changing the way perfect is thought of, changing the way girls can be brought up.

Offside tells the story of women’s football in the UK through the eyes of a modern professional female footballer as she seeks to find a future in the game through exploring its past.

Mickey is alone in the locker room; she deliberates with herself about the biggest decision of her life, her career, her love – her football. But in a world where sexism is rife and a feeling of self-limitation reduces opportunities, fear makes for poor decisions while joy flourishes in the unlikeliest of places.

Offside has been researched with top women’s teams, Manchester City Women’s FC and Millwall Lionesses, where many players, sports scientists and others who are integral to the development of the game have been interviewed to gain an in-depth insight into their world. The play blends a dramatic narrative with performance poetry and chanting to evoke the pace and passion of the women’s game.

The production, by Futures Theatre, was developed in partnership with the National Football Museum, Manchester, and the IWM, London.

One Hour Only

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

An ‘upmarket’ brothel. It’s Forensic Biology student Marley’s first night at her new job and AJ – twenty-one, good-looking and intelligent – is her unexpected first client. One Hour Only formed part of the Old Vic New Voices’ first ever Edinburgh Season at the Underbelly in association with IdeasTap.

Sabrina Mahfouz’s One Hour Only was originally published in a volume of three plays called The Clean Collection, alongside Dry Ice and Clean . The volume also contained a selection of poetry by the playwright.

Picture of Sabrina Mahfouz

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Sabrina Mahfouz is a British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. Her 2016 plays are With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough); Slug (nabokov); Battleface (Bush Theatre); Layla's Room (Theatre Centre) and The Love I Feel is Red (Tobacco Factory Theatres). Her TV short, Breaking the Code, was produced by BBC3 & BBC Drama earlier this year. Her play Chef won a 2014 Fringe First Award and Clean was produced by Traverse Theatre and transferred to New York in 2014. Sabrina has been the Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry, Leverhulme Playwright in Residence and Associate Artist at Bush Theatre.