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Sarah Grochala, MPhil(B) (Birmingham), MA (Oxon)


PhD Student

Department of Drama



Contact Details:

Email: sgrochala@qmul.ac.uk

Sarah Grochala

My research focuses on the theatre text in British contemporary theatre. It examines the assumed link in contemporary British playwriting between social realist form and the notion of the political. It explores the ways in which this assumption has become entrenched through playwriting training, professional practices and theatre criticism. It examines dominant notions of dramatic structure including plot, character, time and space and then analyses how these are currently being challenged by contemporary British playwrights, including Mike Bartlett, Caryl Churchill, Martin Crimp, Anthony Neilson, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens and debbie tucker green.

Alongside my research, I work as a professional playwright. My play S-27 won the Amnesty International/iceandfire Protect the Human Playwriting Competition. S-27 has been produced at The Finborough Theatre (UK) and The Griffin Theatre (Australia). It received 4 star reviews from Time Out (London and Sydney), The Evening Standard and The Guardian, amongst others and was selected as a Time Out Critics’ Choice in both London and Sydney. My work as a playwright informs and is informed by both my research and my teaching.


Research interests:

• Contemporary British Theatre

• Playwriting and Dramaturgy

• Postdramatic/Postmodern Theatre

• Polish Theatre Post-Communism


Awards and Grants:

2010 Central Research Fund Grant

2010 Finalist Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers

2007 Winner of the Amnesty International Protect the Human Playwriting Competition (S-27)

2007 Shortlisted for the King’s Cross Award (S-27)

2007 Queen Mary PhD Studentship

2006 Ibsen Fund Grant, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Waiting for Romeo)




‘De-commodifying the Narrative: The Concept of the Story in the Monodramas of Mark Ravenhill’, Contemporary Drama in English, 18 (2011)


2010 ‘Not Breaking the Rules: The Politics of Non-Transgression in Mike Bartlett’s Contractions’, What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English – the First Decade (Lincoln, UK)

2010 ‘Colourblind/Colourseen: Performing a British Multicultural Public in the National Theatre’s England People Very Nice’ Performance Studies International 16 – Performing Publics (Toronto, Canada)

2010 ‘De-Commodifying the Narrative: The Concept of the Story in the Monodramas of Mark Ravenhill’ German Society for Contemporary Drama in English (Paderborn, Germany)


S-27 (London: Oberon, 2009)




2010 S-27 Griffin Theatre (Sydney)

2009 S-27 Finborough Theatre (London)

2009 Waiting for Romeo Pleasance Islington (London)

2006 Waiting for Romeo Hill Street Theatre (Edinburgh)

2005 Open Ground Theatro Technis (London)

Rehearsed readings of my work have taken place at Soho Theatre, Finborough Theatre in London and Żak in Gdansk, Poland. My short plays have been performed at Theatre 503, Hampstead Theatre, RADA and The King’s Head in London, and at The Green Man Festival in Wales. Waiting for Romeo has recently been translated into Polish. I currently read for Soho Theatre and I am a Senior Reader at Theatre 503.



Queen Mary, University of London (2008 – present)

Whilst at Queen Mary I have taught seminars and workshops on both the theory and practice of performance to first year undergraduates. The modules I have taught include Theatre and Its Others and Performance Texts.

NIDA, Sydney (2010)

Guest Lecturer on the Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Playwriting.



Queen Mary, University of London

Department of Drama, QMUL


Literary Representation Julia Tyrrell

Theatre 503

Finborough Theatre

Griffin Theatre