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Alfred Fagon

Dates: 
1937-1986
Gender: 
Male
Place of birth: 
Jamaica

Biography

Born in Jamaica, Alfred Fagon moved to England in 1955 where he worked for British Rail in Nottingham. After various jobs as a boxer and Calypso singer, Fagon settled down in Bristol to concentrate on writing and acting. Fagon's first stage appearance was at the Bristol Arts Centre, in Henry Livings' play, The Little Mrs Foster Show and in 1970 he starred in Mustapha Matura's play Black Pieces at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Fagon who went on to write and produce plays such as 11 Josephine House, Death of a Blackman, and Four Hundred Pounds. In August 1986 Fagon suffered a fatal heart attack while jogging near his home. The police claimed that they could not find any contacts for him and as a result he was given a pauper's funeral. When he did not turn up for a meeting at the BBC they contacted his agent Harriet Cruickshank who eventually discovered what had happened to him. Alfred Fagon's friends and family decided to set up an award in his name, to celebrate and recognise writers of Caribbean and African descent. The Alfred Fagon Award was set up in 1997 and is supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation, The Royal Court Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company.

Publications

Title Date Publisher
Fagon Plays: 11 Josephine House; Death of a Blackman; Lonely Cowboy 1999 Oberon Modern Playwrights
Black Plays: Chameleon; Lonely Cowboy; the Lower Depths; Basin, ed. Yvonne Brewster 1987 Methuen Publishing

Critical sources

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