“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
Liberian Girl by Diana Nneka Atuona

Liberian Girl by Diana Nneka Atuona

Between 1989 and 2003 the Civil War in Liberia saw over 200,000 people killed, a million others displaced into refugee camps, and over 15,000 children recruited into ‘Small Boys Units’.

First-time writer Diana Nneka Atuona‘s Alfred Fagon award-winning play tells one teenage girl’s story of survival.

Diana Nneka Atuona attended the Royal Court’s Peckham Writers Group, as part of Theatre Local – the Royal Court’s project to take plays to alternative spaces, sponsored by Bloomberg.

Matthew Dunster directs. As a director, his recent credits include The Lightning Child by Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill at Shakespeare’s Globe, The Love Girl & the Innocent by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and You Can Still Make a Killing by Nicholas Pierpan at Southwark Playhouse, A Sacred Flame for English Touring Theatre, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Open Air Regents Park Theatre, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning at the Royal Exchange Manchester and Mogadishu at Royal Exchange, Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith, The Most Incredible Thing at Sadler’s Wells, The Two Gentleman of Verona at Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe. As a writer, his credits include Children’s Children at the Almeida Theatre and You Can See the Hills at the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

Cast and creatives:

Director Matthew Dunster


Landry Adelard
Michael Ajao
Marieme Diouf
Fraser James
Edward Kagutuzi
Valentine Olukoga
Weruche Opia
Juma Sharkah
Cecilia Noble

Royal Court Theatre, 7th – 31st January 2015

Additional Information

Liberian Girl was also performed as a staged presentation at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, chaired by William Hague and Angelina Jolie, at the Excel Centre, earlier this month.

After its run at the Royal Court Theatre, Liberian Girl will transfer to the CLF Art Café at the Bussey Building in Peckham for one week and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham.

Liberian Girl is part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, which aims to discover and support the next generation of world class playwrights, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Interviews and reviews:

Diana is interviewed by The Observer
Powerfully disturbing and immersive, The Independent
Innocence Lost, London Evening Standard
The human capacity for hope, The Telegraph
Atuona’s play is quite something, What’s on Stage
Expect an intense viewing experience, Culture Whisper
A remarkably assured, innovative debut, The Arts Desk
A harrowing descent into war, The New York Times