‘An exceptional new talent’  The Herald

Both brutally honest and gloriously unpredictable, Sophie Willan takes inspiration from her unusual life experiences, to make bold, unapologetic and political work. A force to be reckoned with, she exudes confidence and northern charm.

‘Wise, confessional and bloody funny’  The List

In 2015 powerhouse Sophie Willan secured funding of over £100k to create the dynamic multi-platform project, Stories Of Care. The work Stories Of Care does with Care-Leavers across Greater Manchester has become a national talking point, establishing Sophie as one of the UK’s leading ambassadors for Homeless and Care Experienced Young People.

Sophie Willan was born to do this’  Beyond The Joke

In 2016 Sophie took her debut hour On Record, based on her experiences of growing up in and out of the Care system, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A total sell out run and phenomenal critical acclaim followed, securing Sophie’s place as one of the most exciting rising stars in British Comedy.

‘An exciting new force in British comedy’  London Is Funny

Sophie also works as an Educator in many different contexts including Key Note Speaking, Panel Speaking, Facilitating Creative Workshops and Mentoring Artists.

Alongside this, Sophie is a Panel Member for Swiis Foster Care, where she contributes to the decision making process of potential and current Foster Carers.


  • May 2017

  • Fri 05 May : On Record

    Wise Words Festival, Canterbury MORE INFO
  • Sat 20 May : SW:WILD Preview

    The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton MORE INFO
  • Sun 21 May : SW: WILD Preview

    The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton MORE INFO
  • June 2017

  • Fri 23 June : DOUBLE BILL On Record + Preview

    Pontardawe Arts Centre, Swansea MORE INFO
  • Mon 26 June : SW:WILD Preview

    Contact Theatre, Manchester MORE INFO
  • Tue 27 June : SW: WILD Preview

    Contact Theatre, Manchester MORE INFO
  • Wed 28 June : SW: WILD Preview

    Contact Theatre, Manchester MORE INFO
  • Thu 29 June : SW:WILD Preview

    Contact Theatre, Manchester MORE INFO
  • July 2017

  • Sat 22 July : SW: WILD Preview

    The Teapot, Yorkshire Fringe MORE INFO



is a dynamic project founded by award winning Writer/Performer and Care Leaver, Sophie Willan.

Putting Care Leavers in the driving seat, Sophie facilitates a 10-week writing programme and a 10-week illustration programme for 20 participants across Greater Manchester. Based on their own experiences, each participant is creating a fictional short story or series of illustrations to be part of a vibrant new children’s anthology. Participants will work with a published children’s author and an acclaimed illustrator to develop the anthology before publication. The book will also feature stories from professional writers who are also Care Leavers including Sophie Willan, Lemn Sissay and Louise Wallwein.

The book will be launched at the 2017 Manchester Children’s Book Festival.

For more info: www.storiesofcare.co.uk

Sophie Willan Stories Of Care