who we are

RoughHewn was founded by two dramaturgs and directors: Tamar Saphra & Tommo Fowler. 


Between us, we've been script readers for some of the UK's top new writing theatres:

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And for these playwriting prizes:

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Beyond our work for RoughHewn...

Tamar was a resident director at the Almeida Theatre from 2019-2020. As well as her theatre work, Tamar is a reader and script editor for TV. 

Upcoming theatre directing projects include an adaptation of Racine’s Phaedra, in collaboration with playwright Emily Renée.

Tommo was Visiting Tutor on the MA Playwriting at City University, and works as a freelance dramaturg in Sheffield & London. 

He recently developed a new piece of documentary theatre with an Israeli playwright and a Palestinian Human Rights Defender.

You can find more about our work as theatre directors here:

Arts journalist and theatre critic Holly Williams consults with us as an associate. 

She writes as a freelancer for the New York Times, Independent, Financial Times, Observer, Mail on Sunday, Time Out, The Stage, WhatsOnStage and the Times Literary Supplement.

Her debut novel, What Time Is Love?, will be published by Orion in May 2022.