Diana Nneka Atuona is a British born, Nigerian writer from Peckham, South London. She studied International Politics at South Bank University and upon graduating, was awarded a scholarship from Gray’s Inn to study Law, though her first passion is has always has been to write for the stage and screen. She has been a member of the Royal Court’s Invitation Writing Group and was the Theatre Local officer for The Royal Court’s Theatre Local Project in 2011 and 2012.
Her first play, Liberian Girl, won the Alfred Fagon Award in 2013, placed top 25 in the Verity Bargate 2013 competition (Soho Theatre) and was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2013. In 2014, Liberian Girl was performed as a staged presentation at The Summit to End Sexual Violence and in January 2015, Liberian Girl received it’s full production at the Royal Court Theatre where it recieved critical acclaim and was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award.
She is currently under commission to The Royal Court and The Old Vic.
New Commission from the Royal Court
The play shows one girl's battle to survive amongst the chaos and horror of the Liberian Civil War which saw 200,000 deaths and over 1 million dispersed into refugee camps.
New play with music in development.