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Chinonyerem Odimba



Katie Williams

Chinonyerem’s new play UNKNOWN RIVERS premiered at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in October 2019, directed by Daniel Bailey with critics describing the show as “a poetic voyage of discovery” (The Times) and Chinonyerem as “a writer to watch” (The Guardian). 

Her adaptation of THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER is the 2019 Christmas show at the Watermill Theatre.

She is also currently under commission with the Royal Exchange Manchester and Paines Plough and is currently working on attachment at the National Theatre.

She was selected for this year’s 4Stories scheme with Blacklight Television and Channel 4. Her 30 mins film ADULTING will broadcast on Channel 4.

Chinonyerem has written an episode as part of the BBC Radio 4 play series entitled IT IS YOUR COUNTRY NOW TOO, EVE which airs in December 2019.

Chinonyerem’s play PRINCESS & THE HUSTLER, as part of the Revolution Mix project with Eclipse Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic, opened in early 2019 to strong reviews followed by a UK tour. ★ The Observer ★★★★ The Stage

In 2018 Chinonyerem was awarded the Sonia Friedman Productions Award in recognition of her play HOW TO WALK ON THE MOON, written in association with Talawa Theatre under the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

Her play THE SWEETNESS OF A STING was commissioned as part of the National Theatre’s Connections programme. Other productions include TWIST, a modern adaptation of Oliver Twist, for Theatre Centre, which toured across the UK in autumn 2017, and MEDEA for the Bristol Old Vic.

Her script SCOTCH BONNET was filmed by the BBC for THE BREAK, a series of short films.

Chinonyerem’s 30 minute play AMONGST THE REEDS, commissioned by Clean Break,opened at The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival 2016, followed by a run at The Yard Theatre, London in September 2016.

Her play WILD IS DE WIND was shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize, and she was a member of NW6, an invite only group of writers working on a seed commission with the Tricycle Theatre over the course of a year, in which time she wrote PARADISE STREET which had a rehearsed reading. In 2016, she was again commissioned by the Tricycle Theatre to write a community play WE TOO, ARE GIANTS, which was performed by a community company of 22 people in April 2017.

Chinonyerem was Writer on Attachment at Clean Break Theatre, London where she wrote a 10 minute monologue as part of a series of monologues with Laura Lomas, Deborah Bruce, Theresa Ikoko and Ursula Rani Sarma. JOANNE was produced for the Latitude Festival and Soho Theatre, performed by Tanya Moodie.

She was invited by the Royal Court to take part in a writers group culminating in a Live Lunch performance, for which she wrote THROUGH WATER AND STARS, directed by Lucy Morrison.

Chinonyerem’s previous work includes THE BIRD WOMAN OF LEWISHAM, a short play produced as part of the Story Project 2015 and performed at the Arcola Theatre, and HIS NAME IS ISHMAEL, a play commissioned when she was a writer on attachment at the Bristol Old Vic.

She was also commissioned to write a script for the BBC iPlayer Shorts series.

Chinonyerem has previously been shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award and the Adrienne Benham Award, and she has collaborated on a variety of workshops, showcases and festivals.

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