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Bola Agbaje
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Bola Agbaje

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About

Bola is a playwright who graduated from the young writers programme at the Royal Court in 2007.  Her first play GONE TOO FAR! was selected to be performed as part of the Young Writer Festival and was performed at the Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs) in February 2007.  In 2008 the play won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre,  The play was revived in 2008 and returned for a run in the main Downstairs space at the Court, as well as at the Hackney Empire and Albany Theatre.  Bola was also nominated for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright of the Year in 2008.  Her newest play, BELONG, will play at the Royal Court this Spring in a co-production with Tiata Fahodzi.

Bola's writing has been presented by the Royal Court Theatre, ATC, Tiata Fahodzi, Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, Young Vic, Talawa and Cardboard Citizens to name a few.

Bola’s screenplay adaptation of GONE TOO FAR! is now in production with Poisson Rouge Pictures and the BFI.

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Film
ProductionCompanyNotes
GONE TOO FAR!Poisson Rouge Pictures / BFIScreenplay version of her play
Theatre
ProductionCompanyNotes
OPEN COURT - SOAP OPERA
(2013)
Royal Court TheatreAs Co-Lead Writer (with Rachel De-lahay)
Part of Royal Court's Open Court season
TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND BREATHE
(2013)
Oval House TheatreFor Truth About Youth Project as part of 33% Festival
THE BURIAL
(2013)
StoneCrabs Theatre Company
HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS
(2012)
Riverside StudiosIt's a week to Rasheed's 50th birthday and his son has just been sentenced to thirteen years in prison. Rasheed decides it's time to put his house in order. But is he piecing his family together or pushing them further apart?
BELONG
(2012)
Tiata Fahodzi / Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre UpstairsDirected by Indhu Rubasingham
Election lost, speeches made and controversy stirred – Kayode’s hiding. He’s not even answering the door to the cleaner, and Rita is not going to start getting out the Hoover in her designer heels. Escaping the political heat in London he flees to Nigeria – a British MP and a self-made man. Once there, he gets caught up in a whole new power game.
Published by Methuen Drama
* 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre (for the 2012/13 season of new writing at the Royal Court Upstairs).
CLIMATE WEEK PLAY IN A DAY
(2012)
Climate Week / Arcola Theatre
THREE BLIND MICE
(2011)
Cardboard CitizensDirected by Tony McBride
GIRL GANGS
(2011)
Ludere Productions
PLAYING THE GAME
(2010)
Tricycle TheatreDirected by Amy Hodge
Part of the WOMEN, POWER AND POLITICS season
Election time. The Students' Association needs a new President, and Akousa's achingly cool flatmates are certain she is perfect for the position. How can they persuade her, and how much is she willing to compromise?
Published by Nick Hern Books
MY TERRITORY
(2010)
Soho TheatreReading directed by Kola Oluwole
Part of the STONECRAB ORIGINS season
A play about borders, space and territory.
OFF THE ENDZ
(2010)
Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre DownstairsDirected by Jeremy Herrin
David, Kojo and Sharon grew up on a London estate. Now in their mid 20s, they're eyeing another kind of life. But how do you choose theright path when temptation lies around every corner? if you're emotional or financial debt is sky high, how do you buy your way out? Bola Agbaje's smart, savvy second play for the Royal Court asks whether being out of the system might be just as good as being in it.
Published by Methuen Drama
DETAINING JUSTICE
(2009)
Tricycle TheatreDirected by Indhu Rubasingham
Part of the NOT BLACK AND WHITE season (appearing alongside pieces by Roy Williams and Kwame Kwei-Armah)
Justice is locked in a cold dark cell, his asylum application pending. His sister Grace would like to help, but has been told to leave it in God's hands. Government Prosecutor Mark Cole has an infallible reputation for successful prosecutions- however he has had a change of heart - and job. His first case is for the defence of Justice - but, in his new role, is Cole the man to help? The cloud of recession looms, unemployment rises, and the fight to remain is tougher than ever.
Published by Methuen Drama
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO
(2009)
Soho TheatreDirected by Lisa Goldman, Esther Richardson
Short play for EVERYTHING MUST GO season at Soho Theatre
GONE TOO FAR!
(2008)
Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre DownstairsDirected by Bijan Sheibani
Return of 2007 production
IN TIME
(2008)
Tiata Fahodzi / Eastern AnglesDirected by Femi Eelufowoju, Jr.
Part of Tiata Fahodzi's TIATA DELIGHTS, Almedia Theatre
Two young lovers are forcibly separated. Years later their children from subsequent marriages meet and fall in love. Will pain and hatred from the past stalk a new generation?
GOOD NEIGHBOURS
(2008)
Talawa Unzipped / Young VicReading
Two neighbours at war with each other after a dispute about parenting skills.
LEGEND OF MOREMI
(2008)
Tiata Fahodzi / Theatre Royal Stratford EastDirected by Femi Eelufowoju, Jr.
Part of ALL AFRICAN STARS 2008
5 min monologue written for Cathy Tyson about the Legend of the Yoruba Heroine Moremi Ajasoro
OFF THE ENDZ
(2008)
Royal Court TheatreReading directed by Dominic Cooke
Part of ROUGH CUTS
Kojo and Daved want off the Endz but go through different routes to achieve it.
RIVERS RUN DEEP
(2007)
Heat&Light / Hampstead TheatreDirected by Eric Epin
Written for Hampstead Youth Group (16 - 18 yr young actors)
REAP WHAT YOU SOW
(2007)
ATC Productions / Young VicReading directed by Lydia Ziemke
PLAY SIZE for ATC Productions
20 min reading based on Yoruba myths and characters inspired by the play THE BROTHERS SIZE by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD
(2007)
Royal Court Tent at Latitude Festival 2007Reading directed by Vicky Jones
10 min play inspired by the song
GONE TOO FAR!
(2007)
Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre UpstairsDirected by Bijan Sheibani
Nigeria, England, America, Jamaica; are you proud of where you're from? Dark skinned, light skinned, afro, weaves, who are your true brothers and sisters? When two brothers from different continents go down the street to buy a pint of milk, they lift the lid on a disunited nation where everyone wants to be an individual but no one wants to stand out from the crowd. Bola Agbaje's comic, astute new play about identity, history and culture depicts a world where respect is always demanded but rarely freely given.
* Laurence Olivier Award - winner: Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre
Published by Methuen Drama
Radio
ProductionCompanyNotes
10 LESSONS IN LOVE
(2010)
BBC Radio 4 Afternoon PlayProduced by James Robinson
Short Films
ProductionCompanyNotes
PARKING WARS
(2012)
Eclipse Theatre CompanyAs part of the 10by10 series of short films
THE LAST PIECE
(2010)
Directed by John Dayo
Co-written with John Dayo
Shortlisted for the Babelgum Online Short Film Award
M. ARCHER
(2009)
Directed by John Dayo
BELIEVE
(2009)
Directed by John Dayo
Online
ProductionCompanyNotes
IPLAYER SHORTS: DYING TO BE KIM KARDASHIAN
(2013)
BBC
Further Information

AWARDS

Runner-up for Best Narrative for THE LAST PIECE - Babelgum Online Film Festival (Apr 2010)

Nominated for Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright of the Year (Nov 2008)

Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre for GONE TOO FAR! (Mar 2008)

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