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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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In 2021, we received an Olwen Wymark Award from the Writers' Guild of Great Britain in recognition of our work supporting playwrights.

We were also interviewed by Lyn Gardner about our practice, and the importance of dramaturgy in the British ecology, for The Stage.

Beyond our work for RoughHewn...

Tamar is Senior Reader at the National Theatre, and was a Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre from 2019-20. As well as her theatre work, Tamar is a reader and script editor for TV. 

She's currently a Development Coordinator at BBC Drama, and was a reader and shadow script editor on the C4 Screenwriting Course 2020.

Tommo is New Works Associate at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Literary Associate for the Women's Prize for Playwriting, and a Board Member of the Dramaturgs' Network.


He's a reader for BBC Writers, and has been dramaturg on plays at the Royal Court and in the West End.

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?, was published by Orion.

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