Sarah Wooley

Sarah Wooley is a writer and director. She trained at RSAMD. Most of her work is for the stage, but she has recently begun writing for radio. Her website is at www.sarahwooley.com.

Her radio credits:

2012 A Nice Little Holiday
2012 Coalition
2010 A Nice Little Holiday
2008 Life Savings
2008 The have oak trees in North Carolina (stage play ad. for radio)
2006 Let them call it Jazz
2005 Folie à Trois

Her theatre writing credits include:
UNDER THE CONCRETE WAITING (National Theatre Studio)
SHIRLEY AND THE DEVEREAUXS (performed by 3rd year students at Arts Educational Drama School).

She was invited onto the NT writers course in 2003 and was one of five writers who took part in the Guiding Lights season for BBC Radio Drama in 2006. I met Sarah briefly at the Imison Award in 2006 when her play Folie à Trois was shortlisted .

Sarah has worked for two years at the National Theatre as a Staff Director with Peter Gill, Trevor Nunn, Di Trevis , Harold Pinter and Tim Supple. Her productions include ROMEO AND JULIET, REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST and LUTHER.

She was Director on attachment at the National Theatre Studio (2003) working on readings of plays by Kwami Kwei- Armah , Steve Waters, Simon Bowen, Trevor Williams and others. She was Acting Artistic Director for Thea Sharrock at Southwark Playhouse in the same year. She was Assistant Director to Steven Daldry on Caryl Churchill's A NUMBER working with Michael Gambon and Daniel Craig and Trainee Director for the Tron Theatre, Glasgow and Assistant Director at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.

Other directing credits:
SLADEK and A SEXUAL CONGRESS at the National (Platforms)
VENUS AND ADONIS at Regent's Park
Howard Brenton’s THIRTEENTH NIGHT at Southwark Playhouse and Arches Theatre, Glasgow
THREE MORE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS by Caryl Churchill at the Royal Court
HUMAN CANNON by Edward Bond RNT Studio,
DEPARTURES at the Old Vic for Old Vic New Voices
SCOTT OF THE ANTARTIC at Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow

She has also directed at Drama schools in London: plays by Caryl Churchill, Rebecca Gilman, David Greig, Chris Hannan, Vladimir Gubaryev and Michel Tremblay.

Sarah has a new stage play, THEY HAVE OAK TREES IN SOUTH CAROLINA, which has just opened at the Tristan Bates Theatre. There is an excellent review of the production in "The Stage", Nov 07.

Sarah is represented by Giles Smart at PFD. Drury House 34-43 Russell Street London WC2B 5HA.

Notes on the Radio plays

Afternoon Drama. By Sarah Wooley. 1961. The South of France. On holiday with his mistress Jocelyn Rickards, John Osborne has embarked on a passionate affair with his future third wife while, in London, Osborne's current wife gives birth to a son. From the idyllic French farmhouse, Osborne sent a nasty letter back home which caused such a furore that they found themselves under siege and their holiday turned into a nightmare. Jocelyn Rickards ... Tracy Wiles, John Osborne ... Robin Laing, Tony Richardson ... Tobias Menzies, Christopher Isherwood .. Richard Greenwood, Don Bachardy ... James Anthony Pearson, Major ... Matthew Zajac. Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.

6 Jan 2012. Thriller set in the world of coalition politics. A Lib Dem MP never expected to have a Cabinet post, but now she's in office, hoping that her past doesn't come back to haunt her. With Maureen Beattie, Nick le Prevost, Melody Grove, Robin Laing, Monica Gibb, Simon Donaldson. Producer Gaynor MacFarlane.

About playwright John Osborne. 30 Sep 2010, afternoon play. When Osborne was on holiday in France with his mistress Jocelyn Rickards in 1969, he wrote "Damn You, England", an infamous letter of hatred to the nation's people. It caused a bit of fuss, and he found himself under siege. This is all based on actual events. Cast: Tracey Wiles, Robin Laing, Tobias Menzies, Matthew Zajac, Richard Greenwood, James A Pearson. Producer Gaynor MacFarlane.

12 Dec 08; Friday play, commissioned, written and recorded in 6 weeks. It's a contemporary comedy drama about the pressures of middle age, the credit crunch and Christmas. Starring Stuart McQuarrie as the Glasgow shampoo king, Des Monroe. Producer Gaynor McFarlane.

Scheduled for Friday Play slot, 9pm 29 Aug 08. It's 1985 and Ray and Eileen's 5 year old son vanishes. 22 years later, a good-looking American arrives in their small English village claining to be their boy.

Cast: Ellie Haddington, Alexander Morton and Simon Harrison; producer Gaynor Mac Farlane.

Note ....Josephine Tey's play BRAT FARRAR (1959) also starts with the return of a disappeared twin.

Let them Call it Jazz .... 2006
By Jean Rhys, adapted by Sarah Wooley (Women’s Hour drama, 14 Nov 06). It tells the story of Selina, a black woman newly arrived in a slum in Notting Hill in the late 50’s, who finds herself caught up in a seedy world that she doesn't quite understand.

It stars Adjoa Andoh and is part of a week of adaptations called 'Guiding Lights' on Radio Four where short stories by leading women writers are adapted into 15-minute plays by contemporary dramatists.

Cast: Adjoa Andoh, James Bryce, Carol Ann Crawford, Mark McDonnell, Lucy Paterson, Nick Underwood.

Folie à Trois .... 2005
Friday Play. This bleak but humorous tale of mental illness is named after a psychiatric condition shared by two or more people who are mutually dependent. This drama is inspired by the real case of three sisters and their elderly aunt who locked themselves in their home and deliberately starved themselves to death. Here, events are relocated to a Scottish suburb where Minnie (Molly Innes), a woman in her thirties, lives with her mother (Eileen McCallum, above) and aunt (Colette O'Neil). The two older women are agoraphobic, while Minnie believes that the television sends her messages and that the Apocalypse is approaching.

This play was shortlisted for the Imison Award (best script by a newcomer broadcast in 2005) and a Mental Health Media Award. It was reviewed favourably in the Radio Times and the Independent.

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