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Residency of Sarah Richardson

hosted by Gothenburg Fringe Festival
Participating countries:
  • Finland
  • Lithuania
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Spoken Word
  • Storytelling
  • Theatre


  • From 06-05-2023 to 26-05-2023
Generation #1



Project summary

The Sun Bear Nordic/Baltic Spring Residency will support the development and adaptation of Sarah Richardson's online one-woman show, Sun Bear, offering an opportunity to fulfill her original artistic ambitions for the show, adapting it from a work-in-progress digital piece, into an exciting, relevant and important piece for live audiences. The residency will be based largely in Gothenburg in May, giving Sarah an opportunity to develop her work, connect with local artists and participate and run classes with the artistic community. During this time, Sarah will visit Turku and Zagare during the partners’ Fringe Festivals to participate in artist development and networking events.


Sarah Richardson

Biography: Sarah Richardson is an award-winning playwright, actor and spoken word poet. She has performed her poetry across the UK and Ireland, including at Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan and the Women of Wit tour. Awards received include Inter-Varisty Slam Champion 2018 and Best Female Poet at Circle Sessions. As playwright, her debut play, GirlPlay, was staged at Dublin Fringe 2019 and went on to have an international digital tour in 2020/1, winning Best Digital Experience at Stockholm Fringe Festival. The Stage and The Wee Review gave it four and five stars respectively. GirlPlay was restaged at Camden People’s Theatre in October 2021, supported by the Culture Ireland and Arts Council England. In 2022 GirlPlay was selected by theSpaceUK to be one of their headline shows for Edinburgh Fringe 2022, where it was met with high critical acclaim, was selected to perform in Meryvn Stutter's Pick of Fringe and received multiple four star reviews, with The List calling it a “strong and harmonious…raw coming of age story”. GirlPlay is published and licensed by Samuel French, Concord Theatricals. Sarah has been the recipient of the Axis Assemble Associate Artist programme (2020) and FringeLab Artist programme (2020) for her work and current in development projects include a one woman show Sun Bear. She was also selected to be a part of NSDF Lab 2021/2, where she created a new piece of teen theatre, A Ton of Feathers, that was presented at the NSDF festival 2022.
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