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Gbolahan Obisesan

Director, Writer


Simon Blakey

Gbolahan Obisesan was Genesis Fellow of the Young Vic Theatre and is under commission to tiata fahodzi theatre company.  He is currently developing a feature film with Emu Films/Film 4 and an original television drama with Little Dot Studios.

Gbolahan was Genesis Fellow of the Young Vic Theatre.  He is currently developing a feature film with Emu Films/Film 4.  He was one of the six writers and the only British writer on Rufus Norris’ Feast, commissioned by the Royal Court and The Young Vic for their World Stages London which was produced at The Young Vic, he also directed four plays as part of The Bush Theatre’s epic 66 BOOKS project which ran at the Bush and Westminster Abbey.

Work as a playwright includes:

Adaptation of the booker nominated novel for New Perspectives
Manchester Home, UK Tour, Edinburgh Festival & Arcola London

★★★★ ‘A supreme piece of theatre’ The Stage
★★★★ ‘Something very special’  Guardian
★★★★ ‘Moving…spellbinding’ Daily Mail
★★★★★ ‘breath-taking’ North West End
★★★★ ‘Stunningly good’ Manchester Theatre Awards
★★★★ The Skinny, WhatsOnStage,

The Place / Uchenna Dance

HOW NIGERIA BECAME:  A Story, and a spear that didn’t work
Unicorn Theatre

Bristol Old Vic / Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival and UK tour


WE GET AROUND                                                                                                      In development
Emu Films / Film4

Work as Director includes:

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND                                                                                    Upcoming
World premiere production of the Giles Foden novel
Adapted by Steve Waters
Sheffield Crucible

RANDOM by debbie tucker green
Leeds Playhouse

YVETTE By Urielle Klein-Mekongo
Bush Theatre

★★★★ “The power of the play is in its quiet poetry” Guardian

★★★★  “most compact and impactful pieces of theatre you’re likely to see this season” Entertainment Focus

★★★★★ Always Time for Theatre

CUTTIN’ IT by Charlene James
Young Vic, Sheffield Crucible, Birmingham Rep, Yard Theatre, Royal Court
Olivier Nominated

Young Vic and UK tour – Jerwood Award for directing

YVETTE By Urielle Klein-Mekongo
China Plate

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Bush Theatre

Soho Theatre

Soho Theatre


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