Sara has designed in the region of 240 productions, for a wide variety of theatres, venues, sites and genres. She has a BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Studies; and trained in Theatre Design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
She has been nominated for both Broadway World Awards ( Set Design , and Costume Design) and a Whats On Stage Award ( Set Design) for American Idiot; an Offie - for Oranges and Elephants; and holds an Edinburgh Fringe First; The John Elvery Theatre Design Award and a Vision Design (Costume) Award from the BBC.
Current productions include American Idiot ( Selladoor) International tour; The Mold Riots ( Theatre Clwyd); Beauty Queen of Leenane ( Hull Truck); new international touring production of Footloose! (Selladoor).
Projects in the past 18months include Artistic & Season Designer (2019) for Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre York - Hamlet , The Tempest, Henry V; Twelfth NIght - and Blenheim Palace, Oxford - Macbeth( 2018 York also), Midsummer Night’s Dream(2018 York also), Romeo & Juliet , Richard III; ( Lunchbox Int); Babe - The Sheep Pig ( Mercury); and a site specific Mother Courage (with Pauline McLynn) for Red Ladder in Leeds. Tours last year have included a UK tour of Brighton Rock for Pilot & York Theatre Royal, in a new stage version by Bryony Lavery; a UK tour of a new version of Turn of the Screw by Tim Luscombe( 2019 & 2018) ; national and Asian tour of a brand new production of Spamalot ( Mercury and Selladoor) and Finding Nana by Jane Upton for New Perspectives.
She was Associate Artist at The Mercury, Colchester from 2008 -2012, and has continued to design there - over 30 shows - 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.
Recent projects include Oranges and Elephants - a music hall inspired story of all female gangs in Victorian London, at Hoxton Hall, London; 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 ( Selladoor), 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 5* reviews nationally; the first UK production of Dancehall at CAST, based on the seminal french film Le Bal; and How to Breathe, a new play for Nottingham Playhouse.
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); 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); 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.