Paul Boakye has won the UK Student Playscript Award with “Jacob’s Ladder,” and the BBC Radio Drama Young Playwrights’ Festival with “Hair.” His stage play “Boy with Beer” was produced by This is Now Theatre Company with support from The Theatre Royal Stratford East scheme to encourage new writing in the theatre. Boy with Beer is published by Methuen Drama in “Black Plays 3.”
He is the author of “No Mean Street” for Red Ladder Theatre, “Wicked Games” produced by The West Yorkshire Playhouse, and the video drama “Safe” for West Midland Regional Health Authority and The Young Men’s Video Project.
His writing appears in Michael Earley’s “The Contemporary Monologue – Men,” “The Best Stage Scenes of 1996,” “The Best Men’s Monologues of 1996” and “The Best Women’s Monologues of 1996” (Smith and Kraus Books), and in “Britishness and Cultural Studies.”
He was editor of Drum Magazine (2003-2005), Writer-on-Attachment at The National Theatre Studio, a participant of The Royal Court’s International Summer School, and attended The Carlton Screenwriter’s Course with Jane Tranter at Channel 5 Television. He has been shortlisted for The Carl Foreman Award and received a Creative and Life Writing Master’s Degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Listed on The National Theatre Black Plays Archive, Paul Boakye is also profiled in the Routledge Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture. As Commissioner for The Power Inquiry, he contributed to “Power to the People,” a report on the future of democracy in Britain debated in Parliament in June 2006. He has been a guest speaker/broadcaster for radio and TV, as well as a regular newspaper reviewer on BBC1’s Breakfast News.
In 2007, Paul was invited to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his sexual health promotion work with African communities in Britain, which has included editing a selection of groundbreaking publications. He recently returned from five years in Ghana as creative director on advertising campaigns for Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Citroen among others. Now, twenty-five years after its London debut, Boakye’s groundbreaking Boy with Beer returned for a three-week run at The Kings Head Theatre, Islington, in November 2016.
Paul recently attended WriteNow, an event for 150 writers selected from over 1,700 applicants in 2017 to take part in the Penguin Random House programme to find, mentor and publish writers from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves.