Monday, 25 January 2010

Ayoub mzee with Birtish actor Kwame
Kwame was Writer in Residence at the Bristol Old Vic 1999-2001 where he wrote three plays - A Bitter Herb (Winner Peggy Ramsey award), Blues Brother Soul Sister, and Big Nose. He is currently Writer in Residence for BBC Radio drama, an Associate Artist at the National Theatre of Gt. Britain, Centerstage Baltimore and Congo Square theatre company Chicago USA.
His triptych of plays set in the habits of the African Caribbean community - Elmina’s Kitchen - Fix Up and Statement of Regret premiered at the National Theatre between 2003- 2007, with Elmina’s Kitchen transferring to the London’s West End, (The First African Caribbean playwright to have had that honour ) Baltimore and Chicago. Amongst others he has won the Evening Standard Charles Wintor Award for Most Promising Playwright, Screen Nation Award for Favourite TV Actor, 100 Black Men of Britain PublicFigure Award, GPA Man of the Year and The RECON Community Leadership award 2007.
Kwame has been nominated for a Lawrence Oliver Award and a BAFTA. He received an Honorary Doctorate from The Open University in 2008. Kwame made his directorial debut at Baltimore’s Centerstage directing the Macarther award winning playwright Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours in early 2007. He then went on to direct the Pultizer nominated playwright Esa Davis’s Ten minute play Dave Chappelle Was Right for the 24hr plays on Broadway and has recently completed directing his own play - Let There Be Love at the Tricycle Theatre London. Kwame has presented Newsnight Review and the Culture Show, has been a panellist on Question Time and Newsnight Review, and is often heard on BBC Radio 4. He was a regular columnist for The Guardian (2005-6) and has written articles for The Independent, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, the New Statesmen and The Observer.
Kwame has been the Good Will ambassador for Trade for Christian Aid 2003- . He is a Governor at The University of the Arts London - A trustee of The Roundhouse, The National Theatre and the Tricycle Theatre and LEAP, a local employment charity focussing on getting the long term unemployed back into employment. As an actor Kwame played Finley Newton in the BBC’s Casualty 1999-2004 has recently been seen in the TV series Hotel Babylon , ITV’s LEWIS and the film Fade to Black.