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Sarah Punshon

Sarah Punshon is Artistic Director of The Dukes, Lancaster. Previously, she was a theatre director, television director, and creator of unusual arts-science events. TV drama includes Shameless, EastEnders, Doctors and Emmerdale. She has created live events for the Natural History Museum, the Crick Institute, Manchester Museum and the Wellcome Trust, and directed new writing and contemporary classics for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, New Vic Theatre, and Theatre by the Lake, amongst others. She co-wrote and directed the first ever stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary for a national tour with the Watermill Theatre. She frequently collaborates with writer-performer Daniel Bye as director or dramaturg (How To Occupy An Oil Rig, Story Hunt, Error 404, Going Viral). She develops new writing for both stage and screen: her short film, This Way Up, premiered at the Palm Springs International Festival 2009, and she regularly script-reads for BBC Continuing Drama. She is a member of The Fence, a network for international playwriting, and a selector for the National Student Drama Festival. She has been a member of the New Writing North board since 2015.


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