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 including: Hecuba Birangona (staged reading, Kali Theatre at Tristan Bates), My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding (Kali/ Black Country Touring), plays for children Stripey Honey is Very Yummy and Tales of Birbal (Mashi Theatre), two short plays for Sheerheight Theatre, Skin (Park Theatre), and Jessica (Arcola), Another Paradise (national tour – shortlisted for the John Whiting Award), Antigone’s Sister (Birmingham Young Rep), Like Happy Stuff (Kali Theatre’s project ’12’), Endless Light (Southwark Playhouse), Invisible (mac Birmingham/ SHOUT Festival), Shared Memories (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: New Doggerland, Rafter, Reflection Perfection, Illusions of Democracy, The Bridge, Here, Hundreds and Thousands, And Breathe, One Small Step.
Sayan is also a composer and has written a wide range of music and songs for over 30 productions including the new musical Maggie May (Liverpool Royal Court), Ostrich Boys (Birmingham Rep), Two (Royal Court, Liverpool), Truckers (Harrogate/tour), Spangleguts (London Bubble), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Belgrade Theatre/tour), The Turn of the Screw (Belgrade, Coventry – starring Sophie Ward and Christopher Cazennove), Dinosaur Dreams (Unicorn – nominated for Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for young People) and four pantomimes for the Belgrade, Coventry. She is currently developing a new opera Her Day.