Kwame Kwei-Armah won the Peggy Ramsay award for his first play, Bitter Herb (1998), which was subsequently put on by The Bristol Old Vic, where he also became writer-in-residence. He followed this up with the musical Blues Brother, Soul Sister which toured the UK in 2001. He co-wrote the musical Big Nose (an adaptation of Cyrano) which was performed at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in 1999. In 2003 The National Theatre produced the critically acclaimed Elmina's Kitchen for which in 2003 he won the Evening Standard and Charles Wintour Awards for Most Promising Playwright, and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier award for Best New Play 2003. Elmina's Kitchen has since been produced and aired on Radio 3 and BBC4. Elmina's Kitchen was the first part of Kwame Kwei-Armah's literary triptych of African-Caribbean plays for the National Theatre, followed by Fix Up in 2004 and Statement of Regret in 2007.


Title Date Publisher
Kwei-Armah Plays 1: Elmina's Kitchen; Fix Up; Statement of Regret; Let There be Love 2009 Methuen Drama
Not Black and White: Category B; Seize the Day; Detaining Justice by Bola Agbaje, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Roy Williams 2009 Methuen Drama
A Statement of Regret 2007 Methuen Drama
Fix Up 2004 Methuen Drama
Elmina's Kitchen 2003 Methuen Drama

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