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Sadie Hasler is a multi award-winning playwright, actor, and columnist. Her plays Pramkicker, Fran & Leni and Stiletto Beach are published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. They have been produced in Washington DC, Chicago, Sydney, Melbourne, Oslo, Rome, London, Edinburgh, & around the UK.
Writing strong and funny roles for women in plays unwaveringly centred on the female experience is her jam. Sadie is co Founder/Artistic Director of theatre company Old Trunk.
She was recently honoured to write an essay to feature in the book Last Christmas alongside Meryl Streep, Stephen Fry, & many others, edited by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise and published by Quercus. 📚 She is currently editing her first book, Beautiful Things, which is represented by literary agency The Blair Partnership. She is represented for plays, television & film by Conrad Williams at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.
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“One of the most important plays of the last decade” – Deborah Frances-White, on The Guilty Feminist
“Twisted genius” – GQ
“A real gem” – Guardian
“Funny, verbally brutal, blistering” – Washington Post
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Sadie has been Columnist of the Year for both the Society of Editors and EDF Media Awards’. She wrote weekly columns for The Echo and The Gazette newspapers for six years, monthly for glossy Essex Life, was commissioned to write a piece on suicide and grief for The Lancet, and was a core contributor and collective member for alternative women’s magazine Standard Issue, set up by Sarah Millican. She has also written for Total Production Magazine and contributed to the upcoming book SALT.
The subjects of depression, suicide, and grief are particularly, unfortunately, close to her heart. There’s lots of stuff on those themes here.
“The voice of a generation” – Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist
“Lovely” – Matt Haig
“Amazing…Sadie Hasler is a fabulous writer.” – Fleet Street Fox
“Beautiful” – Stephanie Merritt
“Excellent…a perspective that mental health journals don’t cover enough. It is an honour to print this.” – Editor, The Lancet
“Wonderful” – Sarah Millican
“I can’t begin to explain how brilliant Sadie Hasler is. Her journalism and fictional writing is utterly exceptional. Breathtaking.” – Phill Jupitus
TV, RADIO, COMEDY, & PODCASTS
Sadie has written and performed extensively in television, radio, and on the international comedy circuit. As a writer/performer she has worked on Harry Hill’s What Are The Chances of That Happening for ITV, Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder & Happy Hour for ITV, series 4-7 of Russell Howard’s Good News for BBC, Rebecca Front’s Little Cracker for SKY, BBC’s Walk On The Wild Side, and Comedy Central’s Fakespeare.
Sadie appeared on series 2 and 3 of Radio 4’s Out To Lunch, co hosted a radio show on Q Radio, and co-hosted The Sadie & Sarah Show on Chance Radio.
Her one-woman character comedy show LADY BONES premiered at Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2010, went on to a month’s run at the Pleasance Edinburgh, popped up in frozen Oslo, toured the UK twice, and was reprised for Latitude Festival 2014.
Sadie presents the popular comedy podcast about Creativity Thinky Thinky Make Make with Robbie Knox, was a guest on parenthood podcast Milkface, and appeared with Phill Jupitus on comedy podcast International Waters, which was the Listeners’ Choice for Best Episode of the Year. She most recently appeared on popular podcast The Guilty Feminist talking about her play Pramkicker. (“One of the most important plays of the last decade.” – Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist)
“Twisted genius” – GQ
“Wonderful” – Time Out
“Darkly comic” – The Spectator
“Perfect” – British Theatre Guide
“Superb” – Edinburgh Evening News
“Quirky, laugh-out-loud…indelible comic images of depravity” – Chortle
An unflinching look at what it means to be a modern woman…
“Let ’s get this over with, shall we. I had a slight situation and now they think I ’m mental”
“I am the Edith fucking Piaf of the empty womb”
(She kicked a pram)
“Je ne regrettay fucking rien”
“A shot of high energy fun…thoughtful writing that never forgets to be funny; a real gem” ★★★★ – The Guardian
“Terrific…funny & sharply observed” – The Scotsman
★★★★ – Three Weeks “Hilarious” – Fest ★★★★ – Fringe Review
Written for the 40th Anniversary of Punk.
1976. Fran & Leni meet in a North London comp.
3 years later they are The Rips. Girls with guitars, bored of playing nice.
Music, sex, fishnets, tits & spitting. A two-girl escape from everything sugar & spice.
“I was the punk. I was born punk.
But she was my rock. The only one I ever had.”
Fran & Leni previewed at Latitude Festival 2016. It then went straight to a month’s run at Assembly Edinburgh, did a week at Vault Festival London, went on to a national tour, and then to another London run at the King’s Head Theatre. It features music written especially for the play by the Tuppenny Bunters, with lyrics by Sadie.
It was nominated for Best Drama in the Greater Manchester Fringe Awards, and Sadie was also nominated for Best Actor.
“A bittersweet rampage through a friendship that weathers one of Britain’s great social upheavals. Profanity meets poetry…energetic performances that balance knife-edged irony with heart-rending sensitivity while thrashing out foul-mouthed quips…a provocative, observational piece.” ★★★★ – The Stage
“Bittersweet story of two girls’ rebellion against the machine. At times laugh out loud funny, at others provocative, and at others deeply sad, Fran & Leni lives up to its feminist punk inspirations” ★★★★ – To Do List
“Brings the tale of two lost punk souls alive…Fran & Leni is a darkly romantic comedy that is effortlessly delivered and full of life.” – The F Word
Scratch performance – Pulse Festival 2015
THE SECRET WIVES OF ANDY WILLIAMS
Opened at Camden People’s Theatre in 2013, went to Village Green Festival, then alternated to critical-acclaim with The Bastard Children of Remington Steele at the Underbelly Edinburgh 2014 with the support of Arts Council England.
“Compelling” – The Scotsman
“Particularly wonderful, caring, world-weary, and supremely wise” – Three Weeks
“Hats off…a beautifully written, heartwarming tale of loss and friendship” – Fringe Biscuit
THE BASTARD CHILDREN OF REMINGTON STEELE
Opened at Camden People’s Theatre in 2012, had a sell-out run at Leicester Square Theatre, then was reprised at Underbelly Edinburgh in 2014, with its companion play The Secret Wives of Andy Williams.
“Guffaw out loud funny. Sadie Hasler’s The Bastard Children of Remington Steele is proof that British fringe theatre must be cherished…where all the interesting and off-the-wall ideas are.” – Jenny Eclair
“Bizarre, oddly touching comedy…like Father Ted with a darker streak.” – Three Weeks
“Truly amazing” – The New Current
“Top notch” – Al Murray
“Outstanding. This is a completely original masterpiece of a story…Hasler takes words and turns them into comedic poetry in motion leaving the audience falling about laughing with the crazy hilarity of it all. Turning language on its head, reversing everything and making poignant statements with such a quirky twist ensures the language is both sophisticated, and most importantly brand new…has restored my faith in new writing. I absolutely wait with baited breath for the next show she produces.” – Fringe Review
“One play not to be missed” – Broadway Baby