Randa Sayed
Actor / Creative / Writing
Creative

Bio

STAGE | SCREEN
WRITER | DIRECTOR

Randa is a storyteller, driven by the dialogue existing between her work and her audience.

Her first play, The Girl, was shortlisted for the prestigious Philip Parson’s Award in 2015 and was also nominated for the West Australian Editor Award 2016. Its partner piece, The Woman, was part of Belvoir’s Artist Program/Breakout Artist Residency. National Theatre of Parramatta’s audiences saw the inaugural presentation of Randa’s first two plays The Girl/The Woman performed in tandem and Griffin Theatre Company presented Sauvage (Wild) for Batch.

Randa was awarded funding from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust for further research at the Battersea Arts Centre, London and Ecole Phillipe Gaulier, Paris. Her most recent stage work @ABU SALIM, was performed for the Bondi Arts Festival and at La Mama Theatre and received a nomination at The Sydney Theatre Awards 2022.

She has several published works including,  Private Research (The Voices Project 2013: Out of Place, Currency Press), On Western Sydney (Westside New Series) and Dear Australia Monologues (Australian Plays).

Randa’s screenwriting credits include, Halal Gurls for In Between Pictures, ABC/Create NSW and the development of new screen works for Matchbox Pictures and See-Saw Films. She has also scripted a number of short films: The Parisian (Flickerfest, Eyecatcher, Great Lakes, Cebu and Raintree International Film Festivals), The Dead Boy (Sigur Ros Mystery Film Competition), Loaded (shortlisted for ATYP’s Love Bytes competition and screened at Colourfest Film Festival, Sydney).

Currently Randa has been commissioned to co-write an exciting new TV Series for Bunya Productions and feature film for Co-Curious.

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“I like to bring the contemporary sensibility into every story in order to keep our modern stories relatable and light. I create stories with nuance, provocative cultural/social depth and heart-warming comedy. I interrogate character and story instinctually. I am an emerging writer with much to contribute to our industry as a Western Sydney artist, due to my lived experience and my dense study of “story” overseas. ” – Randa Sayeed

 

Reviews

    “Sayed’s work is lovingly crafted, and her playwriting voice is distinct and refreshingly bold. Take your mother.”

    Time Out Sydney

    "As both writer and actor Sayed​ is engaging and entertaining, with a sharp eye for absurdity and a deft one for satire."

    Sydney Morning Herald

    “A collision of body and mind, desire and tradition. It is truly shocking in its fierceness and appetite.”

    Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary

    “This is a different, highly engaging and entertaining night of theatre – with even a touch of audience participation. The story is told with satire, gentleness, love, touches of the absurd and a heartfelt belief in moving forward into a new life.”

    Sydney Arts Guide