Writer and theatre-maker

Benedict is a Kinshasa-born British Congolese writer and theatre-maker based in London. She is interested in unapologetically reclaiming diasporic stories with flair, humour and heart.

Her debut play Lava received its world premiere on the main stage of London’s Bush Theatre in 2021 to critical acclaim. The production starred Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo and was directed by Anthony Simpson-Pike. 

Benedict was awarded the 2022 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Lava, becoming one of the first writers in the prize's history to win the award for a debut play. In addition to this, she has won a Black British Theatre Award and was nominated for the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play of the Year. Lava was also the recipient of the Best Performance Piece Off West-End Award.

Further theatre work includes an attachment at the National Theatre Studio, a commission for the Charleston Festival and other new plays in development.

For screen, she is part of the BBC Drama Room Writersroom 21-22 alongside which she is developing original film and TV projects.



Writer & Creator 

Director Anthony Simpson-Pike
  • Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo
  • Lava received its world premiere on the main stage of London’s Bush Theatre in 2021.

    Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2022; winner of Best Performance Piece Off West-End Award 2022; nominee of the Alfred Fagon Award. 


    Original commission by Charleston in Lewes. Written in the weeks before the festival, this new commission sings with joy, soars with humour and rumbles with fury.


    Writer & Creator 

    Original drama in development 

    Expanded Media


    Writing Shadow Scheme 

    Wall to Wall for BBC1

    Writer's Room

    Kellan Productions