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Paul Boakye

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London, United Kingdom

Freelance writer, playwright, essayist, and editor, Paul Boakye has written for theatre, radio, film, the Internet, academia and magazines.

Boakye's debut play "Jacob's Ladder" took the UK Student Playscript Award in 1986. In 1991, "Hair," portraying the cultural gap between a Jamaican single mother and her British-born son, received the BBC Radio Drama Young Playwrights' Award. In his self-produced "Boy with Beer" (1992), Boakye chooses to deal with hitherto taboo subjects including the making of a Black gay couple, bisexuality, and AIDS.

His provocative and existential writing comes of age in "Wicked Games," a dramatisation of contemporary postcolonial British identity as experienced by a group of London friends enacting the 'social structures we live' on a
holiday in Ghana. This conflict between 'the British, American, and African Dreams' is also explored in "Darker Than Blue: Black British Experience of Home and Abroad."

Other writing projects include the commissioned dramas "No Mean Street" and "Safe," the "Big Love Radio Ads," and the text for "The Briefings." He is also the editor of "In the Family" (2001), "In the Family 2" (2002), and co-author of "The Good Practice Guidelines for HIV Health Promotion with Black gay and bisexual men."

Interests: Contemporary urban drama.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes

 

Published works:

Nonfiction

  • Darker Than Blue: Black British Experience of Home and Abroad
  • In the Family
  • In the Family 2
  • Good Practice Guidelines for HIV Health Promotion with Black gay and bisexual men
  • Scripts

  • Boy with Beer (in Black Plays 3)
  • No Mean Street (in the Best Stage Scenes of 1996)
  • Boy with Beer (in The Contemporary Monologue: Men)
  • Four Plays by Paul Boakye