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Debo Oluwatuminu leads a workshop that introduces participants to the basics of writing a play, and gives them rudimentary skills and tools to write a 5-10 minute short play.

Workshops and masterclasses in Utopia Theatre’s Creative Hub are for people of African origin aged 16 and above.

Click below to book your place:
Module 1 – 9 SeptemberModule 2 – 16 September

Debo is a poet, playwright and director, who wrote the first of many plays in 1984. In 1998, his play The Onion Skin received its first premiere at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His play A Pebble in the Sea featured in Tiata Fahodzi’s African Shorts at the Arcola theatre in 2004. Tiata Fahodzi performed a reading of a poetry collection called When Lightning Speaks – Home, in 2005 at Soho Theatre. Closing Time, a collaboration with writers from Palestine, Pakistan, Kosovo and Israel premiered at Soho Theatre, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007. He co-wrote the musical Heartbeat opened in Lagos in December 2009, and featured again in 2011, 2012 & 2016. In 2016, Utopia Theatre staged Iyalode of Eti, Debo’s transposition of The Duchess of Malfi to precolonial Yoruba land.

Debo was the Headwriter on Ebonylife TV's Desperate Housewives Africa in association with Disney; then later co-wrote 13-part series The Governor. He adapted the Grimms Brothers Cinderella into a 6-part TV drama called Dere, An African Tale. He co-developed and co-wrote both seasons of Fifty, the Series.

Debo studied Theatre Arts at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, has an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths University, and an M.Litt. from St. Andrews University, Scotland. He is associated with the Institute of the Imagination, Theatre and the Arts (IITA), and the African Theatre Association (AfTA)

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