Sarah Bawler trained as an actor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (at the time, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) and has been involved with Everyman for many years as an actor and director, as well as coordinating, leading and directing the Youth Theatre, and teaches drama professionally.

Her recent appearances as an actor with Everyman include Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing, Festival 2019), Mrs Betterton (Playhouse Creatures, 2019), Margaret (Richard III, Festival 2021) and Toby Belch (Twelfth Night, Festival 2022). In this year’s Festival, she has appeared in Jack and the Beans Talk and covered the role Grandma Addams for two performances of The Addams Family, as well as her scheduled performance as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

She has also directed Macbeth for Everyman Youth Theatre at this year’s Festival. As Youth Theatre director, she led the Youth Theatre to new heights in summer 2022 when they were selected from 260 youth companies to close the National Theatre’s Connections Festival with their performance of the specially-written Superglue by Tim Crouch at the National Theatre in London.

Everyman Youth Theatre rehearses and performs all year round, with Christmas shows, comedy nights, and more, culminating each year in their Shakespeare production which opens at the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival before touring to the Willow Globe near Llandrindod. The young people of Everyman Youth Theatre are challenged to self-lead, to develop critical thinking and performance skills, and to work collaboratively as a unit, achieving their distinctive high-energy ensemble production feel.

Sarah Bawler

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