Sarah Hanly is a playwright/performer from Dublin, now based in London. She recently gained a Master’s Degree in Performance (Acting) from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with Distinction. Sarah wrote and performed her first play PURPLE SNOWFLAKES AND TITTY WANKS during her training and since leaving Mountview in August 2017, the play has been showcased at The Leicester Square Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Above the Arts Theatre and Theatre N16. The play received five star reviews and was picked as one of Miro Magazine’s Top Ten Five Star Shows of Theatre in 2017. The play explores themes of mental health and has had a positive reception from the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, BEAT. Sarah and her director, Alice Fitzgerald are looking forward to its first full run at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at The Royal Court Theatre in June 2020 (tickets go on sale in October). This will coincide with publication of the play from Samuel French. Sarah's next play, set in Ireland during the War of Independence, has been awarded the Pinter Commission 2019 by the Royal Court Theatre and will be published by Faber and Faber. Sarah is currently developing a new play as well as, honing ideas for her own Television Series and Children’s Musical.
As an actress, Sarah graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with distinction in MA Acting. She also trained in Musical Theatre at Performers College as well as Professional Dance at The College of Dance, Dublin. Theatre credits include: Catherine in Simon Stephens’ ONE MINUTE (The Barn Theatre, Cirencester) Sinéad in Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, The Royal Court Theatre). Film credits include: Lil Ryan in The Hole in the Ground (Savage Productions). Short Film credits include: Miss Shawcroft in There, They're, Their (Channel 4 Random Acts); Surreal Woman in Rebirth (Channel 4 Random Acts); Calpurnia in Dogs of War (Selected for Shakespeare Shorts Festival). Sarah has recently filmed for The Mash Report online exclusives.
Professional Dance credits include: Greek Dancer in BBC - Charlie Gillett Stage (WOMAD Festival); Ensemble Dancer in Moscow State Circus (Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Company); Ensemble Dancer in the FA Cup Final, Wembley. Whilst training, credits at Mountview include: Odysseus in The Penelopiad; Sinéad in Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks; Rosalind in As You Like It; Connie in The Effect; Brad/Chrissie/Defense Lawyer in Vernon God Little. Whilst training, credits at Performers College include: Terri/Mother in Decade; Kylar in Bring It On The Musical; Compere in Shake Break Bounce.