In 2008, S.J. Horan graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (Plays and Scripts). To date, she has had a number of plays produced in fringe theatres both in London and Kent. Sally is currently working on Ménage à Quatre,
a play about feminist Simone de Beauvoir and existentialist Jean Paul Sartre, set in occupied-Paris of WW2. It looks at their relationship with a young Jewish girl desperate to escape before the arrival of the  Nazis and is an attempt to throw light on  their self-professed honesty, both as a couple and with others. Her first full length feature film,  Stepdaughter, developed in conjunction with the National Film and Television School, caught the eye of a local producer who is  currently seeking funds in the States to produce it. Her second feature film, Finding Daisy, is a modern version of Shirley Valentine and  is currently with a Literary Agent. Sally is now working on her third feature film which recounts one of the worst refugee crises in the twentieth century, when hundreds of thousands of Greeks had to escape a burning city of the former Ottoman Empire. The inspiration for this film is her Greek grandfather who, back in 1922, had to board a night-time boat in the Aegean, off the Turkish coast, whilst ducking burning cinders and gunfire. It is as if today's tragic refugee crisis, where self-deluded politicans take decisions of disastrous consequences, is but a century-old echo. 

PRODUCTIONS TO DATE

Fishermen at Sea August 2008  was written by S. J Horan, directed by Russ Hope and produced by Red on Black Productions. This was staged as a showcase for new writers under the umbrella of The Turner Plays, and part of the Camden Fringe at the Etcetera Theatre. The play deals with religion, family tragedy and the impossibility of forgiveness.

All or Nothing October 2009,  was written by S. J Horan, Directed by Lucy Collingwood (BBC) and produced by Ziella Bryers at the Caldercott Bookshop Theatre, as part of the Love Bites series.  Just in time, a love-struck man realises the superficial nature of his girlfriend and escapes her clutches.

Family Holiday May 2010 written, co-directed and produced by S. J Horan, at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone, London. This play deals with deep family tensions and long-held resentments. Need I say more?

All In The Mind written by S.J. Horan was selected by a new theatre company to stage as part of their inaugural show.This comedic play, partly inspired by The Odd Couple,  deals with the perception of relationships. Two people, one relationship, two very different stories...

A fifth  sitcom-play, Cook It Like Mamma, was  favourably reviewed by playwrights and actors alike. It tells the story of an unemployed London-based Italian who has grandiose ideas about saving the world. From his flat in Hounslow and using the latest technological modernity, he plots to bring down an Italian President. All the while receiving parcels of cheese from his Mamma in Sicily.

One of Sally's short comedic films,  Revenge is a Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake, was favourably reviewed  by a local BAFTA judge and deals with a woman scorned. She plots and schemes to ruin her ex's wedding day, but, on the big day,  really doesn't intend to be so mean...

Larry Lobbyist - a short film campaigning against a possible third runway at Heathrow, written, directed and co-produced by S.J. Horan  reached the finals of a competition organised by Zac Goldsmth, MP for Richmond in June 2014. It can be viewed on his website.

A Life in Ruins - the second part of Sally's Irish trilogy, had a chair reading in London in August 2014. This play deals with the devastating effects of rape, an issue that, in Sally's view, still woefully lacks the attention it needs at government level.

All That Glitters - written by S.J. Horan was  performed in Kent in August 2014 and produced by Sam Hall,  the talented playwright and founder of 17 %, a theatre company dedicated to the promotion of women in all aspects of theatre.The play deals with the sad illusion, for some immigrants, that the grass is always greener.

In early 2015, Sally was honoured to be asked to make film adapatations of the winning children's stories in Screen Your Story. This is a London-wide competition, run by Dr. A. Mullins to raise money and awareness for CMV, a cruel and little-known virus which can have devastating effects on children. There was a fun-filled Gala in Barnes in July 2015 to present prizes to the children, hosted by Alistair McGowan and Jack Whitehall, amongst other glittering stars.

In October 2015, Sally adapted a story devised by Dr. Anne Mullins into a short film, Cinderella Charidy. This is currently being shot and is soon to be shown on Youtube to raise awareness of the illness.

Reviews

  • "Loved it! The play flows so well and the dialogue is clever yet fast-paced and very funny. I'm in awe, seriously – this is a superb piece of work..." Musician

"A very well crafted play – mature and assured." Dramaturge and Playwright

  • "I liked the light tone and thought there were some very funny moments." Literary Agent

"Masterpiece" Actor

  • "The relationship between the mother-in-law and the daughters-in-law is fascinating and dealt with confidently, presenting tensions between women brought together by circumstance in sophisticated, atypical ways." Theatre Reviewer
  • "It brought out the turbulent passion in Turner's paintings and identified with the boiling, messy emotions churning away in his seascapes." Theatre Reviewer

  • " I just love your writing" - Producer