Sadie Hasler is a multi award-winning playwright, actor, and co Founder/Artistic Director of theatre company Old Trunk – formed a decade ago to create big bright female roles that command their own narrative. She has written and performed widely on television, radio, and the international comedy circuit. Her plays Pramkicker, Fran & Leni and Stiletto Beach are published by Bloomsbury and have been produced worldwide many times. Sadie is currently under commission to adapt a Sunday Times Bestseller for the West End, is developing Pramkicker for TV, and is tinkering with a new play, Cave Woman.
Sadie was a columnist for the Essex Echo and Colchester Gazette for six years, winning Columnist of the Year in various media awards, and wrote articles for The Lancet and Standard Issue magazine. Other published works include an essay for the book Last Christmas alongside Meryl Streep, Stephen Fry, & many others, edited by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise and published by Quercus. She is contributing to the anthology Common Gossip, to be published by Unbound next year.
She is Associate Artist at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, is on the board of the Working Class Writers Festival, co Founder of Southend-based cooperative Concrete Culture, and a member of All Rise Collective – the intersectional feminist grassroots community group who run the Southend Care Bank.
Sadie has written widely about suicide and grief in her journalism, and feels strongly that weaving auto-biographical experiences as a woman into her plays allows for a truthful connection with audiences. In the last couple of years Sadie has written more widely about her working class background and the experience of being an Essex woman. While on residency at Metal, Sadie will research and develop a new play – Quantock – exploring class, social housing, and a nation’s dream of Home.
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