only the nicest bits from the nicest ones are written below... for the not so nice ones, you can find those on your own!





PRESS for 'CHEF' at Underbelly, Edinburgh, August 2014:


‘The best production I saw…outstanding…a bruising monologue…

[Jade Anouka] was extraordinary’


The Observer


 Mahfouz’s poetic script fizzes with energy…Anouka gives a mesmerising performance’


The Independent *****


‘Anouka gives a stunning performance…New writing of this calibre is rare.

Mahfouz’s command of language is by turns shocking, astonishing, and breathtaking, each sentence perfectly calibrated and each pause judiciously timed…

an outstanding piece of theatre. ’


Broadway Baby *****


‘flows with a gregarious musicality…the message of Mahfouz’s mini-masterpiece is to stay hungry, whatever gets thrown at you’


The Herald ****

'a nuanced, deeply moving story...vigorous, subtly political work'


The Times ****




PRESS for 'CLEAN' at Oran Mor, Glasgow & Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, March 2013:



 5* ‘a blistering way with language…this is how theatre can take you anywhere in your imagination…excellent script’


 4* ‘a fine, dense, thought-provoking and often brilliant piece of stage poetry’



 PRESS FOR 'CLEAN', part of the 'Dream Plays' season at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 2012:


4* 'powerful...memorable...a pretty impressive achievement'



  4* 'a genuine Fringe find...tremendously energetic...exposing a rich new voice'




 5* 'Clean is sensational...prodigious...a mini-poetic masterpiece...exhilarating...the best writing on the fringe'






PRESS FOR 'ONE HOUR ONLY', part of the Old Vic New Voices season at Underbelly, Edinburgh 2012:


  'a brilliant play...a gem...a terrifically simple love story'


  'What to see by Lyn Gardner... One Hour Only is well worth a watch...the writing is strong'


  4* 'tightly-written, cliche-dodging two-hander...such a classy affair'


    4* '[an] unusual love story...tenderly written and exquisitely acted'


  4* 'asks us to consider british attitudes to women, sex and youth itself...laugh-out-loud funny banter...gripping, funny, refreshing, honest and moving. Brilliant theatre.'



4* 'beautifully written, wonderfully performed...a near perfect production'


Pick of the Day 'provocative drama...excellent'






PRESS for 'Dry Ice' at Underbelly, Edinburgh 2011 and Bush Theatre, London 2012:


  Face To Watch: May 2012

4* 'in quite a different league…astonishingly assured performance…a really substantial piece of writing…the language is rich…wrapped up in a compelling narrative…she speaks lyrically and powerfully…a real find’

'Dry Ice by Sabrina Mahfouz is a highlight...'

  ‘magical stuff…immense details…high velocity…nerveless and tight…'


'a text-rich lyricism that is absolutely unpretentious, accessible and sharper than a Lucite  stiletto… so fast-paced and quick-witted that you are genuinely left wanting more.’


  Must-See Show: Nominated for The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance, Edinburgh 2011





4* 'immaculate; slipping through perfectly paced verse to the expertly rendered accents'




4* 'a sharp blend of theatricality and spoken word with subtle poetics and a playful aesthetic...atmospheric, architectural writing...fresh and unexpected, the words rippling over in heavy shots of rhythmical poetry'