The Prison Graduates

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By Efo Kodjo Mawugbe

Winner of the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009.

, International Radio Playwriting winner 2009.

This is the second of our two prize-winning plays from the BBC World Service and British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009.

The Prison Graduates won the English as a second language category.

Efo Kodjo Mawugbe's play was described by the judges as “imaginative”, “muscular” and “hysterically funny”.

The play sees four men try to make their way in the world after being released from prison in Ghana.

They explore their many options, only to choose the one that might have surprised them all.

Directed by Marion Nancarrow and starring Daniel Francis (Eastenders; The Hounding of David Oluwale), Richard Pepple (The Estate), David Gyasi (Shooting Dogs), Mo Sesay (Coriolanus at Shakespeare's Globe) and Wale Ojo (Widower's Houses, National Theatre), this is where Woza Albert meets Samuel Beckett - a surreal, post-colonial fable.

Twelve-thousand scripts were received in the 2009 competition, which awards two first prizes - for the best plays with English as a first language and English as a second language.

Both winners came to London to see their work recorded and also attended the prize-giving ceremony at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

The distinguished panel of judges included writer Kwame Kwei-armah and actor Vincent Ebrahim.

This is the second of our two prize-winning plays from the BBC World Service and British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009 and won the English as a second language category.

Four men try to make their way in the world after their release from prison in Ghana.

Both winners came to London to see the recording of their plays and attended the prize-giving ceremony at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

The Prison Graduates by Efo Kodjo Mawugbe, International Radio Playwriting winner 2009.