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Benjamin Zephaniah

1958-2023

Born: Birmingham, UK, 1958

Biography

Birmingham born Benjamin Zephaniah divided his early years between the district of Handsworth and the tropics of Jamaica. Having left school aged 13 because of his dyslexia, Zephaniah gained a reputation amongst his community as a young poet able to speak about local and international issues. He attracted wider public interest through performances at political gatherings and his many television appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He was the first to perform with The Wailers following Bob Marley’s death, and at Nelson Mandela’s request, Zephaniah hosted the President’s Two Nations concert at the Royal Albert Hall in July 1996. A prolific dub poet, writer and playwright, he passed away in 2023.

Productions

Delirium

Delirium

Year: 1990

Hurricane Dub

Hurricane Dub

Year: 1988

Playing the Right Tune

Playing the Right Tune

Year: 1985

De Botty Business

De Botty Business

Year: 2008

Job Rocking

Job Rocking

Year: 1987

Listen to Your Parents

Listen to Your Parents

Year: 2002

Staged in: Theatre Centre and Nottingham Playhouse

Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy

Year: 2013

Staged in: West Yorkshire Playhouse

Streetwise

Streetwise

Year: 1990

Staged in: Temba Theatre Company; 1972

Publications

Job Rocking (in Black Plays: 2 ed. Yvonne Brewster)

Job Rocking (in Black Plays: 2 ed. Yvonne Brewster)

Year: 1989

Publisher: Methuen Drama

Refugee Boy (Adapted for the stage by Lemn Sissay)

Refugee Boy (Adapted for the stage by Lemn Sissay)

Year: 2001

Publisher: Bllomsbury Publishing

Listen to Your Parents

Listen to Your Parents

Year: 2003

Publisher: Aurora Metro

Face: The Play, by Benjamin Zepahniah and Richard Conlon

Face: The Play, by Benjamin Zepahniah and Richard Conlon

Year: 2008

Publisher: Heinemann/Pearson Education

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