Shortlist revealed for award for plays by Black British writers

Alfred Fagon Award
Debbie Korley in The Whip. Photo: Steve Tanner

Last Updated on 20 November 2020 by Showcall Editorial Team

Six nominees have been announced for the 2020 Alfred Fagon Award for new plays by Black British playwrights

Alfred Fagon Award
Debbie Korley in The Whip. Photo: Steve Tanner

The shortlist has been announced for the writers nominated in this year’s Alfred Fagon Award for new plays by Black British playwrights.

They are:

Babirye Bukilwa for …Blackbird Hour which was commissioned by Talawa Theatre Company last year

Clint Dyer and Roy Williams for Death of England: Delroy which premieres at the National Theatre this month

Daniel Ward for The Canary and the Crow which was premiered at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019 by theatre company Middle Child in association with Paines Plough and subsequently toured to venues including London’s Arcola Theatre

Emma Dennis-Edwards for Bricks which has been developed in association with London’s Old Vic Theatre

JC Niala for Unsettled which was published last year as part of Methuen Drama’s Contemporary Plays by African Women

Juliet Gilkes Romero for The Whip which premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Swan theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in February and was recorded as an audio play.

The winner will be announced online later in November 2020.

The annual Alfred Fagon Award was first presented in 1996 to recognise the best new play by a Black British playwright. Other recent winners include Jasmine Lee-Jones, Winsome Pinnock, Mufaro Makubika, Lorna French, Theresa Ikoko, Charlene James, Diana Nneka Atuona and Michaela Coel.


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