Sara Perks

Sara Perks


Sara has designed over 150 productions for a wide variety of theatres, companies, venues, sites and genres.

Recent projects include: Blood, a new play for Tamasha, How to Breathe, a new play for Nottingham Playhouse, the first national tour of Betty Blue Eyes, a co-production between Mercury, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Theatres and Salisbury Playhouse and The Ring Cycle Plays for Gods and Monsters Theatre at Scoop, London.

Future projects include: the first UK production of Dancehall at CAST, based on the seminal 1980s French film Le Bal.

Other credits include: The Glee Club – the opening show for CAST in Doncaster, Hello Dolly!, GypsyHot Stuff! (Curve, Leicester), The King and I (Curve and national tour), Laurie Sansom’s productions of Tennesse William’s Spring Storm and Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon (National Theatre/Royal and Derngate, Northampton), Wind In The Willow, Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz (also for the Royal).

Associate Artist at Mercury, Colchester (2008 -2012) shows including Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Quadrophenia, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, King David – Man of Blood, an acclaimed production of Journey’s End, Depot (a huge multi-discipline, promenade site specific collaborative project), Neil La Bute’s Helter Skelter/Land of The Dead/ The Furies (The Bush and Dialogue tour), Forgotten Things and Ugly (Red Ladder tour), Treasure Island (Derby Playhouse), The Elixir of Love (Grange Park Opera, co-design), Rough for Theatre 1 & 2 (Arts, London), Return To The Forbidden Planet (national tour), Dead Funny (Oldham and national tour), The Crypt Project (site specific at St Andrews Church, London for Sincera), The Ladykillers (Northcott, Exeter), and Union Street – Plymouth Theatre Royal’s millennium project with a cast of 230. She also designed the original and several subsequent productions of the cult space-rock musical Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens.

She was Associate Designer with English Touring Theatre for three years under Stephen Unwin, and for productions that included Peter Gill’s The York Realist (tour and West End), King Lear at The Old Vic, as well as her own production of Romeo and Juliet (tour and Hong Kong Arts Festival).  She returned to ETT to design Eden End in co-pro with Royal and Derngate, Northampton.

She trained at Bristol Old Vic and holds an Edinburgh Fringe First; The John Elvery Theatre Design Award and a Vision Design (Costume) Award from the BBC.