Sabrina’s most recent project was her cross-genre show A History of Water in the Middle East at the Royal Court Theatre, which she wrote and performed. She is one of the inaugural writers in residence at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for 2019-20, and is working on theatre and TV projects with the Jermyn Street Theatre, Little Dot Studios and FX. She had three new anthologies published in October 2019 – Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making It Happen (Westbourne Press), which was shortlisted for the 2020 People’s Book Prize; Poems for a Green and Blue Planet (Hachette Children’s) and Sabrina Mahfouz, Plays: 1 (Methuen Bloomsbury).
Her theatre work includes Chef, a play about an inmate of a woman’s prison who is also a haute cuisine chef, which won a Fringe First Award; Dry Ice, her first play based on her time working in strip clubs, directed by David Schwimmer and for which she was nominated as Best Solo Performer in The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence; Clean, a play about three women who work in the criminal underworld, which won a Herald Angel Award and transferred to Off-Broadway in 2015; and With a Little Bit of Luck, a gig theatre piece for Paines Plough with a live UK Garage score, which has been performed across the UK, including at the National Theatre and the Roundhouse, and was adapted for BBC 1Xtra radio, where it won the 2019 BBC Music & Radio Award for Best Drama.
Sabrina is the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (Saqi Books), a Guardian Book of the Year, and is an essay contributor to the multi-award-winning The Good Immigrant (Unbound), exploring her mixed heritage through the lens of British fashion. She won the 2018 King’s Arts & Culture Alumni Award for inspiring change in the creative industries.