Musical Theatre student publishes debut poetry book
Sara Shuhaiber is a third-year BA (Hons) Musical Theatre student in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries who recently published her debut poetry book, Aches and Epiphanies, under the pen name Aries.
The undergraduate said she chose to study at the University of Portsmouth because of the degree structure and how much it delves into industry skills. She especially enjoys how students can observe the entire theatre-making process by taking on various roles including actor, director, choreographer and backstage technology. Sara found the script analysis opportunities particularly valuable, as those really enabled her to gain a knowledgeable background in musical theatre as a whole.
Another aspect which Sara likes about being part of the School of Art, Design and Performance is the ability to branch out, particularly into writing, and this also gave her the opportunity to perform her own poetry and music for her assessments on the course. She has recently released her first poetry book “Aches and Epiphanies” with Olympia Publishers, as well as a song on all major music platforms called “Blue Summer”. Apart from the connections she made at University, she is also a member of the Songwriting Academy in London, as well as SAFO music groups, where she created links with other songwriters, producers and industry professionals that have given her with great advice on her music and career.
This course has given me the confidence to go and put myself out there, which is why I am now part of two groups in London. As well as this, I have been able to approach publishers, such as Olympia Publishers in London, who have released my debut poetry book “Aches and Epiphanies”.
By using the rehearsal space in White Swan Building, Sara has also been writing and developing a new musical, “Double Date”, with her coursemate Ferelith Kingston, originally booked for Edinburgh Fringe before the event was cancelled. After graduation, her plan is to further study on a Masters degree where she can meet more industry people and work with other songwriters, while she will keep writing and performing her music.