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Sarah Wooley

Writer

Sarah Wooley is an award winning writer and director working across Radio, TV and Theatre. She was born in Wallasey, Merseyside.

She studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama/Glasgow University, winning the Gordon Bottomley Award and the Bruce Miller Award for directing. After graduation she formed her own theatre company Big Like Texas with Alain Airth.

After directing several of her own productions for the company, she began a career as an assistant director, working with Trevor Nunn, Stephen Daldry, Peter Gill, Di Trevis and Harold Pinter.

It was while working at the National Theatre as a staff director that she started to write.

She has written many plays and series for Radio including the critically acclaimed The National (Radio 4) Victim (Radio 3) 1977 (Radio 4) and Moving Music (Radio 4). In 2020 she won best adaptation at the BBC Audio Drama Awards for her adaptation of Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates.

Her theatre work includes the sell out hit Old Money which opened at the Hampstead Theatre main stage in 2012, starring Maureen Lipman and Tracy Anne Obermann.

Her work for TV includes ‘Under the Concrete, Waiting’ which was written as part of the Coming Up Scheme with Channel 4 and the series ‘Making It’ which is currently in development. She is a graduate on the Channel 4 writers scheme and is currently developing a number of TV projects with independent production companies.

www.sarahwooley.com

Credits

RADIO
Date: 2019
Production (role):
The National
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
A three-part play about the origins of the National Theatre.
Date: 2020
Production (role):
Black Water: An American Story
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
Adapted by Sarah Wooley from a Pulitzer-nominated novella by Joyce Carol Oates. A gripping drama with its origins in American political history.
Date: 2020
Production (role):
Festival
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
A comedy drama about the Cheltenham Literary Festival and a literary romance.
Production (role):
4/4
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
A comedy drama series written by Sarah Wooley and Robin Brooks.
Date: 2018
Production (role):
THE ROBBER BRIDE
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
Two part adaptation of Margaret Atwood's book, as part of the Riot Girls series.
Date: 2017
Production (role):
THE VITAL SPARK: INTELLIGENCE
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 45 mins
A drama about the young Muriel Spark in the British 'Black Propaganda' Department of M16.
Date: 2017
Production (role):
VICTIM
Company:
BBC Radio 3
Project details:
1 x 90 mins
Part of the ​BBC's Gay Britannia season.
Directed by Abigail le Fleming.
Date: 2017
Production (role):
EVERYBODY'S GOT CONDITIONS
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 45 mins about Tennessee Williams.

Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.
Starring Amelia Bullmore and Justin Salinger.
Date: 2015
Production (role):
1977
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 45 min Original Drama about Transgender composer Angela Morley
Date: 2015
Production (role):
15 MINUTES
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 45 min Original Drama about Andy Warhol commissioned as part of a major BBC Pop Art season
Date: 2014
Production (role):
PLANNING PERMISSION
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 45 min Original Drama about Architect Erno Goldfinger
Date: 2013
Production (role):
MOVING MUSIC
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 45 min Original Drama about composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass
Date: 2011
Production (role):
COALITION
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 45 min Original political thriller
Date: 2010
Production (role):
A NICE LITTLE HOLIDAY
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 45 min Original Drama about John Osborne and Tony Richardson
Date: 2008
Production (role):
LIFESAVINGS
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 45 min Original Comedy Drama
Date: 2008
Production (role):
THEY HAVE OAK TREES IN NORTH CAROLINA
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 60 min adaptation of Stage Play
Date: 2007
Production (role):
LET THEM CALL IT JAZZ
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
Adaptation of Jean Rhys short story
Date: 2006
Production (role):
FOLIE A TROIS
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Project details:
1 x 1 hour Original Drama. Shortlisted for the 2006 Imison Award
THEATRE
Date: 2012/2013
Production (role):
OLD MONEY
Company:
Hampstead Theatre Main Stage
Project details:
Directed by Terry Johnson. Starring Maureen Lipman. Published by Oberon Books.
Date: 2008
Production (role):
THEY HAVE OAK TREES IN NORTH CAROLINA
Company:
Theatre 503
Project details:
Directed By Paul Robinson. Published by Oberon Books
OTHER
Date: 2013
Production (role):
Tutor on the Arvon Course for Radio Drama
Company:
Arvon Course at Moniack Mhor
Project details:
Ran one week residential course
Date: 2010
Production (role):
National Theatre Studio Attachment
Company:
National Theatre
Date: 2008
Production (role):
Royal Court Theatre Attachment
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
TELEVISION - IN DEVELOPMENT
Production (role):
MAKING IT
Company:
BLACKLIGHT

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): The National
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: A three-part play about the origins of the National Theatre.
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): Black Water: An American Story
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: Adapted by Sarah Wooley from a Pulitzer-nominated novella by Joyce Carol Oates. A gripping drama with its origins in American political history.
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): Festival
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: A comedy drama about the Cheltenham Literary Festival and a literary romance.
  • Date:
    Production (role): 4/4
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: A comedy drama series written by Sarah Wooley and Robin Brooks.
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): THE ROBBER BRIDE
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: Two part adaptation of Margaret Atwood's book, as part of the Riot Girls series.
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): THE VITAL SPARK: INTELLIGENCE
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 45 mins
    A drama about the young Muriel Spark in the British 'Black Propaganda' Department of M16.
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): VICTIM
    Company: BBC Radio 3
    Project details: 1 x 90 mins
    Part of the ​BBC's Gay Britannia season.
    Directed by Abigail le Fleming.
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): EVERYBODY'S GOT CONDITIONS
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 45 mins about Tennessee Williams.

    Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.
    Starring Amelia Bullmore and Justin Salinger.
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): 1977
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 45 min Original Drama about Transgender composer Angela Morley
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): 15 MINUTES
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 45 min Original Drama about Andy Warhol commissioned as part of a major BBC Pop Art season
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): PLANNING PERMISSION
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 45 min Original Drama about Architect Erno Goldfinger
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): MOVING MUSIC
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 45 min Original Drama about composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): COALITION
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 45 min Original political thriller
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): A NICE LITTLE HOLIDAY
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 45 min Original Drama about John Osborne and Tony Richardson
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): LIFESAVINGS
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 45 min Original Comedy Drama
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): THEY HAVE OAK TREES IN NORTH CAROLINA
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 60 min adaptation of Stage Play
  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): LET THEM CALL IT JAZZ
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: Adaptation of Jean Rhys short story
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): FOLIE A TROIS
    Company: BBC Radio 4
    Project details: 1 x 1 hour Original Drama. Shortlisted for the 2006 Imison Award
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2012/2013
    Production (role): OLD MONEY
    Company: Hampstead Theatre Main Stage
    Project details: Directed by Terry Johnson. Starring Maureen Lipman. Published by Oberon Books.
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): THEY HAVE OAK TREES IN NORTH CAROLINA
    Company: Theatre 503
    Project details: Directed By Paul Robinson. Published by Oberon Books
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): Tutor on the Arvon Course for Radio Drama
    Company: Arvon Course at Moniack Mhor
    Project details: Ran one week residential course
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): National Theatre Studio Attachment
    Company: National Theatre
    Project details:
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): Royal Court Theatre Attachment
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details:
  • Production (role)
    Company
  • Production (role): MAKING IT
    Company: BLACKLIGHT
  • Production (role):
    Company: