Prestigious awards for Drama’s Kwame Owusu and Misha Duncan-Barry

A recent graduate of the Department of Drama and a current MA Playwriting student have recently taken home prestigious industry awards.

Kwame Owusu has taken home the coveted Mustapha Matura award, which is part of the Alfred Fagon awards for Black British playwriting for his play Dreaming and Drowning.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be awarded the Mustapha Matura Award and Mentoring Programme," said Kwame. "It is such an honour to be given this rare and generous opportunity to receive mentorship from a world-class playwright, alongside the championing of my writing that this award bestows. I’m incredibly excited to sharpen my writing technique over this mentorship period, and to expand my approach to storytelling and form with increasing boldness, ambition, and precision. This is a life-changing moment for me, and I feel genuinely delighted and galvanised for the future."

Misha Duncan-Barry, a current MA Playwriting student at The University of Manchester, is also celebrating her Out standing Performance in a Play award at the 2022 Black British Theatre Awards for her performance in My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored (Red Ladder Theatre Company UK Tour).

Duncan-Barry’s recent theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at HOME and Killing Christmas Eve at Oldham Coliseum.

Image credit: Alfred Fagon Award