Nneka Atuona


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 has always been to write for the stage and screen. 

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 long-listed 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, it received its full production at the Royal Court Theatre, where it received critical acclaim and was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award.

Diana won the 50th George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2019, for her play The Boy From Tiger Bay, which is being developed at The Donmar Warehouse. She is also the recipient of the Roland Rees Bursary 2021, as part of the Alfred Fagon Award. 

She is developing work for television and under commission with the Royal Court and the Old Vic.




In development with Donmar Warehouse

Supported by Channel 4

New Commission from the Royal Court

Royal Court
Liberian Girl
Alfred Fagon Award 2013

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.

Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs)