Biography

Sara has designed over 160 productions, for a wide variety of theatres, venues, sites and genres.  She was associate Artist at The Mercury, Colchester from 2008 -2012, and has designed over 25 shows there - including the first national tour of Betty Blue Eyes, (in co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Theatres and Salisbury Playhouse); Saturday Night & Sunday Morning; Private Lives Quadrophenia; Top Girls; The Lonesome West;  the premier of Fraser Grace's King David, Man of Blood ; Depot  - a huge multi-discipline, promenade site specific collaborative project; and an acclaimed production of Journey's End. 

Current projects include a brand new production of Spamalot for The Mercury & UK Tour with Sell A Door; a UK tour of Brighton Rock for Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal, in a new stage version by Bryony Lavery; a UK tour of a new version of Turn of the Screw for the Mercury;  Oranges and Elephants - a music hall inspired story of all female gangs in Victorian London, at Hoxton Halland Finding Nana by Jane Upton for New Perspectives - touring in 2018.

Recent projects include the all female production of POSH, London Pleasance for Can't Think; new production Everything Is Possible:The York Suffragettes for Pilot and York Theatre Royal; Sweeney Todd, for Derby and Mercury Theatres, (with Sophie Louise Dann and Hugh Maynard); American Idiot , The Green Day musical (West End 2015, 2016) , UK Tour 2016 ( Sell A Door), Bryony Lavery's adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, for English Touring Theatre and York Theatre Royal;  Any Means Necessary for Nottingham Playhouse , based on the ongoing inquiries into undercover police over the last 50 years and the fraudulent relationships they formed therein; costume design for The Snow Queen ( Royal & Derngate, Christmas 2015);  Blood, a new play for Tamasha, receiving 4* and 5* reviews nationally; the first UK production of Dancehall at CAST, based on the seminal french film Le Bal;  How to Breathe, a new play for Nottingham Playhouse; The Ring Cycle Plays for Gods and Monsters Theatre at Scoop, London.

Other credits include The Glee Club -  the opening show for arts complex CAST in Doncaster; Hello Dolly!, Gypsy ,  Hot Stuff! (Curve, Leicester) and  The King and I   (Curve and national tour); Laurie Sansom's Young America season at the National Theatre, from the Royal and Derngate, Northampton comprising of Tennesse William's Spring Storm in rep with Eugene O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon; Wind In The Willows , Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz (also for the Royal); Neil La Bute's Helter Skelter/Land of The Dead/ The Furies ( touring for The Bush and Dialogue); Forgotten Things and Ugly ( touring for Red Ladder); Wedding Day at The Cromagnons (Soho); Treasure island ( Derby Playhouse); The Elixir of Love ( Grange Park Opera, co-design); Rough for Theatre 1 & 2 (Arts, London); Return To The Forbidden Planet ( national tour); Singin' In the Rain ( Courtyard, Hereford); Dead Funny ( Oldham and national tour); The Crypt Project (site specific at St Andrews Church, London for Sincera); The Ladykillers ( Northcott, Exeter); and Union Street - Plymouth Theatre Royal's millenium project with a cast of 230. She also designed the original and several subsequent productions of the cult space-rock musical Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens.

 She was also Associate Designer with English Touring Theatre for three years under Stephen Unwin, and for productions that included Peter Gill's The York Realist  (tour and West End); King Lear at The Old Vic, as well as her own production of Romeo and Juliet for a national tour and Hong Kong Arts Festival. In 2010 she returned to ETT to design Eden End in co-pro with Royal and Derngate, Northampton.

She has also designed with and for students at LAMDA, RADA, Central School of Speech and Drama, Arts Educational, Mountview, Creative Partnerships and back at Bristol Old Vic where she trained.

She holds an Edinburgh Fringe First; The John Elvery Theatre Design Award and a Vision Design (Costume) Award from the BBC.  She has recently been nominated for both Broadway World Awards ( Set Design , and Costume Design) and a Whats On Stage Award ( Set Design) for American Idiot.