Meet the judges

Meet the judges

International Radio Playwriting Competition

Kwame Kwei-Armah

Kwame Kwei-Armahl


Kwame Kwei-Armah is an acclaimed writer, actor, singer and cultural commentator. Currently writer-in-residence for BBC Radio Drama, his stage play Elmina's Kitchen premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2003 and was shortlisted in the "best new play" category for the Laurence Olivier Awards. In the same year, he received The Evening Standard Award for the Most Promising New Playwright.

The final part of his trilogy, Statement of Regret, was staged at the National in 2007 and he is currently working on a new commission for them.

As an actor he is probably best known for his role as Finlay Newton in the BBC medical series Casualty.

As a singer he released the album Kwame in 2003.

He is a regular panelist and cultural contributor to arts shows such as Newsnight Review and The Culture Show and has also appeared on the BBC's Question Time.

In 2009 he will be one of the judges for the BBC World Service & British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition.

More information on others judges to be added soon.