Rachel Mars

Screenwriter, Playwright, Performer

Rachel Mars is a writer and performer. Her shows combine theatre, comedy, storytelling and live art practices. She was on the first Writers Lab UK and Ireland in 2021, and a finalist on 4Stories 2022. She has won a Total Theatre Award, the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award and is often funded by Arts Council England. She is currently co-writing her first musical for Home Theatre, Manchester. Her first TV comedy/drama was optioned by Hillbilly Films and a podcast adaptation of her theatre show ‘You Sexts Are Shit’ is in development. She was on the Royal Court Playwrighting Course in 2021. In the past her work has seen her inviting children to smash up her dad’s bad pottery with hammers, learning to play Roller Derby and unearthing historical sex letters. She has performed all over the UK and internationally including at the Barbican, South Bank Centre and festivals in Austin, Seattle, Melbourne and Brisbane. She is committed to representations and explorations of queer female identity, using theatre and comedy as tools for provoking new arenas of empathy and understanding. Rachel is an artist fellow of Birkbeck University’s Centre for Contemporary Theatre.


Praise for Rachel’s work

“A triumphant show dripping with uninhibited desire.” The Guardian on YOUR SEXTS ARE SHIT

“Magnificent, angry, slyly funny and necessary.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on ROLLER

“Immensely charismatic, very funny and artfully crafted with the ear of a poet.” NPR, Boston on OUR CARNAL HEARTS



Credits

In Development:

Slacks - Writer's Lab UK and Ireland

Ellen the Musical - Home Manchester


Radio and Podcast:

Pause For Thought - BBC Radio


Theatre:

Forge - Barbican Open Labs, Transform Leeds 2022

Your Sexts are Shit: Older Better Letters - Soho Theatre/Yard Theatre/UK Tour 2019, 2022

Gaping Hole: Story #3 - co-writer, Ovalhouse Theatre 2019

Joke Translation Service - Leeds Playhouse 2018

Roller - as part of Mars.tarrab, Barbican 2017

Our Carnal Hearts - International Tour 2016, National Tour 2022

Sing It! Spirit of Envy! - International Tour 2016

Lock Her Up - Fuel Theatre/Warwick Arts Centre 2016

STORY#1 - co-writer, Ovalhouse Theatre/Tour 2016-19

The Way You Tell Them - UK Tour 2015-17

Absence and Hope - Royal Court Theatre/Tate Modern 2015

The Lady's Not For Walking Like an Egyptian - co-writer as part of Mars.tarrab, UK Tour 2014


Awards:

Roller - Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, Winner 2017

Our Carnal Hearts - Total Theatre Award for Innovation and Experimentation and British Council International Edinburgh Showcase, Winner 2017


Residencies (selected):

Asylum Arts, UK and New York (2015, 2019)

Metal Culture, UK (2019)

Museum of Human Achievement, Austin (2018)

Cooruit, Ghent (2018)

Orchard Project, New York (2015, 2016)

Cove Park, UK (2015)

Playwright's Studio, Montreal (2015)