photo credit: Richard H. Smith

The annual Awards took place at The Dorfman, National Theatre on Friday 8th December.

BAFTA award winning writer and director Amma Assante, presented the award and cheque for £6,000 to Mufaro Makubika, winner of this year’s Best New Play of the Year at this year’s Alfred Fagon Award supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

Writing about a specific time and place: St Anns, Nottingham, its Caribbean community and their history, Makubika’s play Shebeen is about home and ambition, and what it is to claim a place and grow.

Shebeen will be staged at Nottingham Playhouse 1st June – 16th June 2018 and then at Theatre Royal Stratford East 20th June – 7th July.

photo credit: Richard H. Smith

The winner of the Audience Award for plays staged between September 2016 and August 2017 was won by Akpore Uzoh for his play ADITL ‘A Day in the Life’.  Akpore was presented with his Award by actor, Susan Wokoma.



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  • Inua Ellams Barber Shop Chronicles
  • Max Kolaru 24 Grenfell Storey’s
  • Melanie Pennant A Black Fella Walks into a Bar
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Audience Award

photo credit: Richard H. Smith

This year’s winner is Akpore Uzoh for his play ADITL ‘A Day in the Life’.  He was presented with his award by Susan Wokoma.

The Alfred Fagon Audience Award recognizes and celebrates the depth of talented Black British playwrights of Caribbean and African descent writing in Britain today.

This year the top play voted for by the public in our online poll will win the award.

Plays receiving a professional production between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 with a minimum of five days of performances is eligible for the Award.

The award will be presented to the winning writer at the Alfred Fagon Awards on Friday 8th December 2017.


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