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Winsome Pinnock

1961-Present Day

Born: London, UK, 1961

Biography

London born Winsome Pinnock is an award-winning playwright, academic and dramaturg. She holds a B.A. in English and Drama from the Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as a Masters in Modern Literature which she completed at Birkbeck College. Winsome was Associate Professor in Drama at Kingston University for 2005 to 2019, and was Senior Visiting fellow at Cambridge University. She worked as a dramaturg with the Royal National Theatre’s New Views scheme as well as the Royal Court’s International Department. Her work has been produced on the British stage and internationally since 1985. She was the first Black British female writer to have a play produced by the Royal National Theatre. Her plays include The Wind of Change (Half Moon Theatre), Leave Taking (Liverpool Playhouse Studio; National Theatre; Belgrade Theatre; Coventry; Lyric Studio, Hammersmith, Bush Theatre), Picture Palace (Women’s Theatre Group), A Hero’s Welcome (Women’s Playhouse Trust at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), A Rock in Water (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), Talking in Tongues (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), Mules (Clean Break Theatre tour of British prisons; Royal Court Theatre Upstairs; Magic Theatre, San Francisco; Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles), Water (Tricycle), One Under (Tricycle Theatre), How Long is Never? Darfur: A Response (Tricycle Theatre), The Principles of Cartography (Bush Theatre), Tituba (Hampstead Theatre), Rockets and Blue Lights (Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, National Theatre). Awards include the George Devine Award, Unity Theatre Trust Award, Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Special Commendation, Pearson Plays on Stage Award for Best Play, Ruth and Golden Harris Commission Prize, and the Windham-Campbell Prize 2022.

Productions

Rockets and Blue Lights

Rockets and Blue Lights

Year: 2021

Staged in: Co-production between National Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre

Water

Water

Year: 2000

Staged in: The Tricycle Theatre

Wind of Change, The

Wind of Change, The

Year: 1987

Staged in: London; Half Moon Theatre

Taken

Taken

Year: 2010

Staged in: Clean Break Theatre Company; 1979

Talking In Tongues

Talking In Tongues

Year: 1991

Staged in: English Stage Company

Rock in Water, A

Rock in Water, A

Year: 1989

Staged in: Royal Court's Young People's Theatre

Picture Palace

Picture Palace

Year: 1988

Staged in: Woman's Theatre Group London

One Under

One Under

Year: 2005

Staged in: The Tricycle Theatre

Mules

Mules

Year: 1996

Staged in: Clean Break Theatre Company; 1979

IDP

IDP

Year: 2006

Staged in: The Tricycle Theatre

Hero's Welcome, A

Hero's Welcome, A

Year: 1989

Staged in: The Women's Playhouse Trust

Leave Taking

Leave Taking

Year: 1987

Staged in: Liverpool Playhouse

Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret?

Year: 1999

Staged in: London; Half Moon Theatre

Publications

One Under

One Under

Year: 2005

Publisher: Faber and Faber

Mules

Mules

Year: 1996

Publisher: Faber and Faber

Six Plays by Black and Asian Women Writers: Meera Syal; Winsome Pinnock; Rukhsana Ahmed; Trish Cooke

Six Plays by Black and Asian Women Writers: Meera Syal; Winsome Pinnock; Rukhsana Ahmed; Trish Cooke

Year: 1993

Publisher: Aurora Metro Publications

Leave Taking

Leave Taking

Year: 2018

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

Rockets and Blue Lights

Rockets and Blue Lights

Year: 2020

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

Women Centre Stage: Eight Short Plays By and About Women

Women Centre Stage: Eight Short Plays By and About Women

Year: 2017

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

The Methuen Book of Plays by Black British Writers: Talking in Tongues

The Methuen Book of Plays by Black British Writers: Talking in Tongues

Year: 2011

Publisher: Methuen Drama

Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret?

Year: 1997

Publisher: Faber and Faber

Featured Content

That Black Theatre Podcast meets Winsome Pinnock

Winsome Pinnock chats to PhD student Nadine Deller to talk about her work and its history, the future, and her play Rockets and Blue Lights. Listen to all episodes of That Black Theatre Podcast here.

Winsome Pinnock and Ola Animashawun give advice to writers

Watch Winsome Pinnock and dramaturg Ola Animashawun set out to inspire writers of the future. They talk about persistence, self-belief, and some of the patchy careers advice they received when starting out.

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