Sayan comes from London and lives in Coventry. She trained at Rose Bruford on the Community Theatre Arts Course and, after leaving, worked extensively as an actor and as a member of a feminist-comedy-music group on the alternative cabaret circuit.
She has written plays that have been performed all over the country: Tales of Birbal (Mashi Theatre, national tour 2017), My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding (Kali/ Black Country Touring, national rural tour 2014 and 2016), two short plays for Sheerheight Theatre, Skin (Park Theatre), and Jessica (Arcola), Another Paradise (national tour – shortlisted for the John Whiting Award), Like Happy Stuff (Kali Theatre’s project ’12’), Endless Light (Southwark Playhouse), Antigone’s Sister (Birmingham Young Rep), Invisible (mac Birmingham/ SHOUT Festival), 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 Bruntwood and shortlisted for the Terence Rattigan Award) 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), Two (Royal Court, Liverpool), Truckers (Harrogate/tour), Spangleguts (London Bubble), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Belgrade Theatre/tour), Dinosaur Dreams (Unicorn – nominated for Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for young People).
Sayan’s new play Hecuba Birangona will have a staged reading at the Tristan Bates as part of Kali Theatre’s War Plays season in May 2018, and her new musical Maggie May (written with Bob Eaton) is going on at The Liverpool Royal Court in October 2018.