Sabrina Ali is a talented British-Somali writer and actor from South
West London with a particular passion for creating comedic narratives.
Sabrina’s love for comedy began in secondary school, where she discovered
her natural knack for making people laugh with her stories and witty
observations. It was whilst studying Theatre Studies at college that she
decided to pursue her dream and aim at a career as a writer and actor.
Sabrina then went on to complete a Law degree at university, but all
the while she couldn’t ignore her desire to perform and share stories. In
2021, the perfect opportunity to bring one of her ideas to life on stage
arose. The newly formed Side eYe collective approached her to write a
one woman play as part of the annual London Somali Week Festival. This
was a daunting new challenge, but her close friend, Hafsa, encouraged
her to explore the world of stand-up comedy. This sparked the creation
of Muna Knows It All, which Sabrina not only wrote, but also co-directed
and starred in. The play follows the horrified protagonist as she attempts
to uncover who was responsible for a wedding dress calamity at her
friend’s wedding. The performances sold out and audiences praised the
show, despite the fact that it was entirely created in under a month. This
experience reminded Sabrina of her love of performing on stage and also
armed her with a newfound understanding of and confidence in what it
is to write comedy for stage.
After the success of Muna Knows It All, Sabrina wanted to dive deeper
into the stories of British-Somalis. This led her to work with Side eYe
again the following year, creating Dugsi Dayz, a new comedy / comingof-
age story inspired by The Breakfast Club. Sabrina was drawn to her
memories of the colourful experiences at Dugsi growing up, and following
numerous nostalgic conversations with friends, she couldn’t wait to
explore the unique personalities of the girls she encountered during her
time there. It was important to Sabrina that each of the girls in the play
should be exposed to characters unlike themselves, who may think and
act differently than they do themselves. A detention seemed like the
perfect container for this idea. Sabrina’s hope is that the audience, like the
characters in the play, are encouraged to think more widely and celebrate
the differences across individuals and communities. For Sabrina, anyone
who is respectful of curious about the experiences of the British-Somali
community is welcome. This aligns with The Guardian’s assertion that
Sabrina is “a part of a generation of younger artists putting British-
Somali-culture on the map.”
Sabrina’s dedication to her craft and her many early career achievements,
have led to her gaining a place on The Royal Court’s writers group and
the VAL Writing Lab.
Sabrina is currently very excited to be working on the full-length version
of Dugsi Dayz as a recipient of the 2023 Untapped award. She can’t wait
to bring this previously sold-out play to the esteemed Edinburgh Fringe
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