Sarah ‘Rain’ Kolawole is a Spoken Word artist, poet and Soho Theatre alumni playwright originally from Nottingham. She has been writing poetry and performing spoken word for approximately 15 years and has been playwriting for five. In that time, Sarah has written poetry for a variety of commissions and events, including the Derby Book festival, writing for the anniversary of the ‘Wind Rush’ generation to the UK, the Big Session Festival, Ken Saro Wiwa anniversary, The Primary Gallery at The Welbeck estate and other regional events. In addition, as a performance poet, she has performed alongside and in support of a number of writers, including Benjamin Zephaniah, Michelle Mother Hubbard, Yasus Afari and Salena Godden.
Sarah’s playwriting would be described as poetic with her most recent play: ‘Rootless Island baby’ being developed whilst on the Soho Theatre Writer’s lab. Sarah’s first play; ‘Notts Sweet Home’ was a part of a short regional tour as part of an attachment with New Perspectives Theatre company.
In addition to Sarah’s creative talents, she is also a practising Social Worker of 8 years having worked primarily with Looked after Children and Care Leavers.
Sarah’s writing confronts societal issues such as ‘race’, gender and inequality. She uses her writing and experiences to challenge concepts of the family, relationships and life journeys.