'Sarah was a godsend on a recent project – fast, organised and highly professional. She hit the ground running and engaged with our (unusual) text in a really deep way, reading it like a score of its own. The original music she produced was phenomenal and perfectly judged, supporting our community cast’s performances while transporting the audience. Her range is extraordinary and the way in which she composes from scratch the sign of a fine artistic talent. In person, Sarah is a pleasure to deal with and keeps her head under pressure. She was an essential member of our team and we can’t recommend her highly enough.'
- Fin Kennedy, Artistic Director, Tamasha -
'As sound designer I worked with Sarah Sayeed on the RSC production of Tartuffe in 2018, Sarah Composed, was Musical Director and played & sang in the production. It was crucial that Sarah & I built a relationship where she trusted me to be her ears for the overall sound of the production.
Sarah’s ability to trust & share the music from creation is invigorating. This included her detailed working with the band & Actors, expressing the emotion, trying & testing ideas, leading the composition with instruments & digital audio workstation, guiding & keeping an overview of the director’s vision & the story we are all trying to tell.'
- Jeremy Dunn, Head of Sound, Royal Shakespeare Company -
'As Composer of the music in the recent critically acclaimed production of Richard II directed by Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton at Shakespeare’s Globe, it was my privilege to appoint and work with Sarah Sayeed. A ground-breaking production in the landscape of British theatre, Richard II was the first production of a Shakespeare play presented entirely by a company of Women-of-colour.
Sarah's repertoire is unique and rare: as a vocalist, she comfortably inhabits both western urban music and classical Indian traditions, playing a variety of Indian drone instruments as vocal accompaniment. She is also an experienced theatre performer. This versatility was the perfect match for the music that I composed for our production; music that strongly evoked realms both past and present, traditional and modern.'