Sayan originates from London but now lives in Coventry. After training at Rose Bruford, she trod the boards on the alternative cabaret circuit in a feminist-comedy-singing troupe, and worked as an actor playing leads in many regional theatres. One day she decided to go back to college and gained a Masters (Mphil) in Playwriting from the University of Birmingham.
In 2016, her hit comedy My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding went on its second UK tour. Prior to that she had two short plays on in London, Skin (Park Theatre) and Jessica (Arcola). Other plays include Another Paradise (Edinburgh and National tour – shortlisted for the John Whiting Award), Tales of Birbal (Mashi Theatre tour), Like Happy Stuff (Kali Theatre’s project ’12’), Endless Light (Southwark Playhouse/ Kali), Antigone’s Sister (Birmingham Young Rep), Invisible (mac Birmingham/ SHOUT Festival 2010/2011), Shared Memories Monologues 1 and 2 (Curve Leicester and Arcola/ Kali Theatre), Killing Wasps (Soho Theatre, reading), The Contract (Joint winner of the Capital New Writing Festival).
With Bob Eaton, she has co-written The Good Companions (a musical adaptation, New Vic Stoke, Belgrade Coventry, Wolsey Ipswich, Keswick), Silas Marner (musical adaptation), Mother Goose, Dick Whittington, Aladdin (Belgrade, Coventry).
Readings with BOLDtext Playwrights at The REP: The Predator (full length play, longlisted for the the Bruntwood) and short plays: Illusions of Democracy, The Bridge, Here, Hundreds and Thousands, And Breathe, One Small Step, Reflection Perfection.
Sayan is also a composer and has written a wide range of music and songs for over 30 productions including Ostrich Boys (Birmingham Rep), Truckers (Harrogate/tour), Two (Royal Court, Liverpool), Spangleguts (London Bubble), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Belgrade Theatre and tour), Dinosaur Dreams (Unicorn – nominated for Writers’ Guild Award for best play for young People).
Sayan is currently writing a new play for Kali Theatre, a musical for The Liverpool Royal Court and a screenplay for ChorMedia. Tales of Birbal will be touring again in 2017.
More about Sayan’s plays and music can be found at sayankent.com and on soundcloud.com/sayan-kent.