Rachel Mars

Writer, Performer

Represented by

Louisa Minghella

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. 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 New York, 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


In Development:

Slacks - Writer's Lab UK and Ireland On Tandle Hill - Home Manchester

Radio and Podcast:

Pause For Thought - BBC Radio


Forge - Barbican London and Mayfest Bristol 2023, Transform Leeds 2022
Your Sexts are Shit: Older Better Letters - US Tour/Soho Theatre/Yard Theatre/UK Tour 2019-2023 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


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)

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