I am a writer, dramaturg, director and researcher working across devising, site-specific and interactive performance, adaptation, new writing, film and fiction.

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The Socialite Spy: In Pursuit of a King

My debut novel The Socialite Spy: In Pursuit of a King will be published by Lume Books in October 2023.It is the first book in a series about a 1930s London socialite-turned-spy trailing Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII.It is available for pre-order here in the UK and here in the US.

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Writing in Collaborative Theatre-Making

A Practical Guide for Writers & Companies

by Sarah Sigal

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I’m delighted to announce that I’ve signed a 2-book deal with Lume Books. The first book in the series and my debut novel, The Socialite Spy: In Pursuit of a King, was published in October 2023. It features Lady Pamela More, a socialite-turned-spy tasked with trailing Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in the murky world of espionage and fascism in 1930s London. You can order it here (UK) and here (US). In 2023, I was awarded the Society of Authors’ Foundation Grant for work in progress for my forthcoming novel A French Leave (Lume Books, 2026).

I was recently appointed a 2023 Visiting Research Fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and am currently working at Central as project coordinator for the research project ‘Policy Commission: Institutional Change in Theatre Production’.

I am a 2021-2024 Honorary Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre. In 2023, I was awarded a Society for Theatre Research Practitioner R&D Grant and made the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting.

Recent academic publications:

Indecent: Challenging Narratives of the American Dream through Collaborative Creation and the Use of Memory as a Dramaturgical Device’ (Sorbonne University Press, 2022).

Eating for Victory: Making Small-Scale Immersive Theatre in the UK’ (Coup de Théâtre, 2021).

Forthcoming academic publication:

‘ “Vanishing” : Écriture, conception, co-création et paternité dans la nouvelle création théâtrale au Royaume-Uni / “Vanishing”: Writing, devising, co-creation and authorship in new theatre making in the UK ‘ (Études Théâtrales, 2024).

 

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