“It was a great honour to be the first winner of the Award."
Roy Williams, winner 1997 and 2010
Supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation
Boi Boi is Dead by Zodwa Nyoni

Boi Boi is Dead by Zodwa Nyoni

Afro-jazz legend, father, lover, playboy, husband, rule-breaker, enigmatic force of nature… Boi Boi is dead. But not forgotten. Boi Boi is Dead is an arresting exploration of family bonds, overwhelming love and the spirited tenacity of a new generation.

Left alone to rebuild her life, Miriam’s heartache is interrupted when Boi Boi’s reckless ex-wife Stella and traditionalistic brother show up to stake their claim on his name, on his property and to revel in the glory of his fame. Determined to keep her family together, Miriam’s life is thrown into turmoil when Stella discovers the secret she shared only with Boi Boi.

With a new found power, will the beguiling Stella be triumphant in the face of Boi Boi’s death?

Cast and creatives
Director Lucian Msamati
Designer Francisco Rodriguez-Well
Composer Michael Henry
Lighting Designer Emma Chapman
Sound Designer Simon McCorry
Movement Director Coral Messam

Angela Wynter
Debbie Korley
Lynette Clarke
Andrew French
Jack Benjamin
Joseph Adelakun

West Yorkshire Playhouse 14 February – 7 March, Watford Palace Theatre 18-28 March



The Guardian

‘Passions, hopes and maternal disappointments are stripped bare in Lucian Msamati’s powerfully acted production, underscored by Michael Henry’s jazzy mood music.’

★★★★ The Stage

‘Beautifully directed by Lucian Msamati’
★★★★ The Public Reviews

‘Zodwa Nyoni’s first full-length play is a triumph.’
★★★★ Yorkshire Post

‘…gripping, humorous, poetic and finely acted’
★★★★  The Observer

‘…this entertaining work marks her (Zodwa Nyoni) out as a talent to keep a close eye on.’
Backseat Mafia

‘…director Lucian Msamati instils a mythic, universal quality to Nyoni’s drama’

‘Michael Henry’s music adds a highly evocative extra dimension’
The Guardian