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Mustapha Matura

Mustapha Matura won the George Devine and John Whiting awards in 1971 for his first full-length stage play, AS TIME GOES BY, which was staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and at the Royal Court, London. He won the Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright Award in 1974 for PLAY MAS which opened at the Royal Court and subsequently transferred to the West End.

'Playboy of the West Indies' (based on J M Synge’s PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD) opened at the Oxford Playhouse in 1984 and subsequently toured the UK finishing at the Tricycle Theatre in London. It has also enjoyed huge success in the United States, most notably at The Court Theatre, Chicago; Arena Stage, Washington; New Jersey and Yale Rep. The Court Theatre Chicago's production was nominated for four Jefferson Awards. There was an extremely successful revival of the play at the Lincoln Center, New York in 1993. Mustapha also wrote the television adaptation, screened on BBC2 in 1985.

The play was recently revived at the Tricycle Theatre and the Nottingham Playhouse. Oberon Publishing

'Trinidad Sisters'(based on Chekhov's THREE SISTERS) was first staged by the Tricycle Theatre Company at the Donmar Warehouse in February 1988 and opened in the US at the Arena Stage, Washington in March 1992. A radio version of TRINIDAD SISTERS was transmitted on the BBC World Service on 1 April 2001. A reworked version of the play, reverting to the original title Three Sisters opened at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in February 2006 with succesful 10 week tour. Oberon Publishing

'The Coup' was commissioned and presented by the Royal National Theatre in 1991 playing in repertoire at the Cottesloe Theatre for many months and to much critical acclaim. A major revival of MEETINGS was toured nationally by Black Theatre Co-operative in 1991 opening at the Tricycle Theatre. Methuen Publishing

Mustapha Matura Other stage plays include:
BLACK PIECES (ICA 1970) - short plays
BAKERLOO LINE (Almost Free, 1972)
NICE (Almost Free, 1973)
BLACK SLAVES - WHITE CHAINS. ( Royal Court Lunchtime, 1975)
RUM 'N COCA COLA (Royal Court, 1976); BREAD (Young Vic, 1976)
INDEPENDENCE (Foco Novo at the Bush, 1979)
WELCOME HOME JACKO (Riverside, 1979 Stratford, 1983)
A DYING BUSINESS (Riverside, 1980)
ONE RULE (Riverside, 1981)
MEETINGS (Hampstead Theatre, 1982. Mustapha also directed this production) In addition to the above, many of his stage plays have been seen in America including: RUM N' COCA COLA (Brooklyn Academy, New York, 1976)
NICE (Arena Stage, Washington, 1980)
PLAY MAS (Goodman, Chicago, 1981)
WELCOME HOME JACKO (New York) and MEETINGS (Phoenix, New York, 1981) for which Michelle Shay won an Obie.
SMALL WORLD (Arena Stage, Washington, DC in 1994) It received its British premiere at the Southwark Playhouse in London

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