Bringing together the best of Brighton’s talent to produce work of thought provoking originality and humour.


Bringing together the best of Brighton’s talent to produce work of thought provoking originality and humour.

In these extraordinary times, when a trip to the theatre has to be planned like a military operation, all the extra effort is worthwhile when the audience is rewarded with such an absolutely fantastic more here »
Paul Scott

The Sussex Newspaper

It takes a brave team to take on a work with this history but here the Sarah Mann Company have not only picked that battle but won more here »

Andrew Kay

Latest Brighton

Chapman’s props and Mann’s acting bestow one final benediction, one might almost say miracle at the play’s Apotheosis and Ariss and Moriarty’s direction of eye-travel is both comic and deeply more here »
Simon Jenner

Brighton Fringe

The Lady in the Van was an extremely strong start to the fringe and will definitely be one of the plays everyone will remember for its insightful take on friendships and acceptance,
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Sascha Cooper

Broadway Baby

This is a wonderful production of The Lady in the Van. It is a funny, acerbic and warm-hearted play performed by a cast who make the words shine on the stage.
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Simon Topping

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Sarah Mann

Sarah Mann

About Sarah

Acting credits include: Liz Taylor/Vivien Leigh (Corpse recording for Steven Berkoff) Val/Debbie (Love and Money), Miss Shepherd (The Lady in the Van), Angela (Abigail’s Party), Quince/Cobweb (MSND), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Mistress Ford (The Merry Wives of Windsor) all for Brighton Shakespeare Co. Cleo (Lysistrata) Rose Theatre, Kingston. Florence Unger (The Odd Couple), Mrs Hardcastle (She Stoops to Conquer), Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit), Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest) Incisor Open Air Theatre, Brighton. Maria (Twelfth Night) Pavilion Theatre, Brighton. Penny (I Know What You Want) Edinburgh Festival & Tour. Jonquil (Beauty & The Beast), Charlotte (Elegies) Komedia, Brighton. Lotte (The Ugly Man) BAC, London. In 2018 she was an actor in Pelleas et Melisande at Glyndebourne Opera House. Directed by Stefan Herheim and conducted by Robin Ticciati, which also had a Proms performance at The Royal Albert Hall. 

TV credits include: Basil Brush, The Bill, The Hutton Enquiry, Noel’s House Party and Bill & Cosh. She played Jane Gunn in the feature film: Connected and is an experienced voice-over artist. 

Musical Theatre experience includes: Linda (Blood Brothers) Theatre Royal Brighton & Tour and Chorus (Blondel & Sweeney Todd) directed by Fenton Gray whom she co-directed Breath of Life with (a musical based on The Seagull by Anton Chekhov). She has also performed in cabaret at Komedia, Edinburgh and at various venues in London, including The Dolly Doodahs at Battersea Barge. 

Directing credits include: Love and Money, Brighton Festival 2022, Abigail’s Party, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors & Merchant of Venice for Brighton Shakespeare Co. Bald Prima Donna – Brighton Fringe Festival at the Lantern Theatre. Boy’s Life – Lantern Theatre, Brighton. Lady Lurve at The Old Market, Hove. Hacktivists as part of the National Theatre Connections. Shakespeare and Pinter presentations for ACT, Brighton. 

Sarah co-founded Incisor Theatre Company in 1988 and has produced many productions for stage, as well as 7 years of Open-Air Theatre in St Ann’s Well Gardens in Hove. She has also been assistant manager at The Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden. She was the Artistic Director at The London Drama School for 15 years, which she co-founded and produced and directed their West End showcases. 

Sarah has been a Trinity Examiner in Speech and Drama since 2003 and also teaches students at The Academy of Creative Training in Brighton and privately. 

Nathan Ariss

Nathan Ariss

About Nathan

Trained at Central School, after National Youth Theatre, Old Vic Youth Theatre, National Youth Music Theatre, and Churchill Youth Theatre: John Lyly in The Ballad of Salomon Pavey (Young Vic), Antonio in The Merchant of Venice (Old Vic), Smashing Windows, The Children’s Crusade, Bartholomew’s Fair (Shaw Theatre). Also Boniface in Hotel Paradiso, Death in Everyman, Jimmy Porter in Look Back In Anger, Tesman in Hedda Gabler, Feste in Twelfth Night, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing (Alleyn’s Theatre), Head Boy in 40 Years On (SLTC), Romeo in Romeo & Juliet (BLT), Willie Carson in The Sea, Harris in After Magritte, and Wilson and MD in Teeth’n’Smiles (Embassy Theatre and Studio).

Theatre includes: Howard in Probably Offensive (Printer’s Playhouse); Sir Hugh Evans in Merry Wives of Windsor, and Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing (Brighton Shakespeare Co. at B.O.A.T.); Don Facio in Merchant of New York (Rialto Theatre); Phileas Fogg in Around The World in 80 Days (Vienna’s English Theatre tour); Barry in The House on The Other Shore (ATG Churchill Theatre); Silvius in As You Like It (Garrick); Tiler in Hinkemann (Old Red Lion); Jimmy in The Suit (Theatr Clwyd); David in Whatever Gets You Through The Night (King’s Head and tour).

TV includes Disaster-K219, Boogie Outlaws, Chain (BBC); The Bill, Boon, Starting Out (ITV); Decline Of The West, and Taxi Driver 2 (C4). Various short films for NFTS, Met, MTV and BFI, and Radio series The Office for BBC.

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