Sarah 'Rain' Kolawole
Bio: Sarah ‘Rain’ Kolawole is a Spoken Word artist, poet, Soho Theatre alumni playwright and Associate Artist of the Nottingham Playhouse theatre. Sarah is originally from Nottingham and has been writing poetry and performing spoken word for approximately 16 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. Furthermore, Sarah’s first play; ‘Notts Sweet Home’ (again poetic in content) was a part of a regional tour through a writer’s development programme on attachment with New Perspectives Theatre company. In addition to Sarah’s creative talents, she is also a practising Social Worker of 9 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. The poetry can be described as honest reflections that address hard hitting issues with rhythmic style and an odd bit of comedy.