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Our two prize-winning plays from the BBC World Service and British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009 were Trying and The Prison Graduates.
The two winners, Erin Browne and Efo Kodjo Mawugbe, got the chance to visit the BBC recording studio in London to see their dramas transformed from scripts to radio plays. Watch them in the video above.
Synopsis: Sisters Lena and Chels are getting by just fine, awaiting the arrival of Chels' baby. Then Lena has to go and fall in love with the girl in the bookshop.
What the writer says: "I feel very lucky. I'm happy that this play spoke to the judges and that they enjoyed something about it. I heard Kwame speak last year at the National Theatre and his speech was so full of hope it really made me excited about theatre and story-telling, and its possibilities. That he was on the panel really means a lot to me. Being a writer and a playwright can be isolating and tiring. So, thank you to everyone there at the BBC World Service for creating this opportunity".
Synopsis: Four men try to make their way in the world after their release from prison in Ghana. They explore their many options - only to choose the one that might have surprised them all. This is a surreal, post-colonial fable - whereWoza! Albert meets Samuel Beckett.
About the writer: Efo is a product of Mawuli School, Ho, in the Volta Region and the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon. Accra. He holds an MFA degree in playwriting from the same university and a Diploma in Arts Administration from the Banff Centre for Arts Management in Calgary, Canada. He has worked for several years as Director for Arts and Culture in the Ghana public service. He used to be a Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) Kumasi. Most of his works for stage and radio have enjoyed wide productions both in Ghana and abroad. Efo Kodjo, is currently the Artistic Director of The National Theatre of Ghana in Accra.
Europe - Csaba Székeley for Do You Like Banana, Comrades (Romania, English as a second language)
Asia Pacific - Anna Bennetts for Shift (South Australia, English as a first language)
South Asia- Meher Pestonji for Feeding Crows (India, English as a first language)
Russia and the Caucuses - Vasil Bassa Janikashvili for On the Latch (Georgia, English as a second language)