Black Theatre Live


Great News - Hamlet nominated for Alfred Fagon Prize 2017

1 September 2017

We are delighted to announce that the 2016 national tour from the Black Theatre Live consortium in association with Watford Palace Theatre of HAMLET has been nominted for the 2017 Aflred Fagon Audience Award.

Directed by Jeffery Kissoon and adapted by Mark Norfolk the tour uniquely brought together an all-black company on-stage and off including the Cast, Desginers and Stage Management team.

The Times Sam Marlowe wrote of the production: "it seethes with ideas.... all provocative and intriguing.... it has a gristly intensity and it’s performed with intelligence and fervour. In the title role, Raphael Sowole combines toughness with tenderness. He’s a beefy, tart-tongued, furious prince whose volatile presence carries a real physical threat; when Abiona Omonua’s sweet, sassy Ophelia is on her knees at her prayers, he lurks behind her, sharpening his dagger..... There are some arrestingly potent moments: Miller’s Claudius submitting to a penitential flogging; the Player King slumped in a wheelchair sucking from a hip flask.... it’s fresh and fiercely committed."


Many thanks.

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.