'One of the rising stars of new British playwrighting'

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman 


'[one of] our most interesting playwrights'

Lyn Gardner, Guardian 


'Theatrical dynamite'

The Independent


  • The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (Saqi Books):


Longlisted for Grand Prix Literary Associations Prize 2017




Mahfouz’s collection gives the lie to the notion of a homogeneous and rigid Islam'

Times Literary Supplement 


‘Outstanding collection...The scope of the book is vast: in setting, style and experience.'

The List


‘At times sensual, humorous, piercing and heartbreaking, The Things I Would Tell You is an absorbing read. It is also important, and never more relevant than now.’ The Skinny 


‘Lively...varied... impassioned and strong voices’ Guardian



  • With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough/Roundhouse/National Theatre/UK Tour): 


‘Fist-pumping euphoria... diamond-clear language... one of the highlights of Latitude... crackles with a rare and unexpected life...warm, generous and joyous.' The Stage 


'ingeniously...combines a live mix of old-school UK garage with a tale of teenage kicks from 2001' Lyn Gardner, Guardian


'perfectly captures the pure hope and possibility of youth that, for Mahfouz, is embodied in garage music. It’s optimism is infectious.' Exeunt Magazine 


'marks Mahfouz out as a unique theatrical voice' The Public Reviews


  • the love I feel is red (Tobacco Factory Theatres/Oran Mor):


‘one of the rising stars of new British playwrighting…Mahfouz’s powerful text…is a profoundly 21st Century take on the image of mourning’ The Scotsman


‘howls into a raw, urgent expression…simply bristles and writhes with emotive language’

The Herald


  • Chef (Underbelly/Soho Theatre):


Winner of a Fringe First Award. Nominated for: The Carol Tambor Award,

The Holden Street Theatre Award, The Brighton Fringe Excellence Award


‘a nuanced, deeply moving story…vigorous, subtly political work’ The Times


‘outstanding…a brusing monologue…extraordinary’ The Observer


‘flows with a gregarious musicality…the message of Mahfouz’s mini-masterpiece is to stay hungry, whatever gets thrown at you’ The Herald 


‘Mahfouz’s poetic script fizzes with energy…mesmerising’ The Independent 


  • The Clean Collection (Bloomsbury Methuen):


Guardian Best Holiday Reads 2014


‘a fine, dense, often brilliant piece of…poetry’ The Scotsman on Clean 


sensational…prodigious… a mini-poetic masterpiece’ The British Theatre Guide on Clean


‘in quite a different league…a really substantial piece of writing…the language is rich…she speaks lyrically and powerfully…a real find’ The Times on Dry Ice