Three Sisters and Ronke Adekoluejo nominated for Black British Theatre Awards 2020

Posted on: 25th September 2020

Three Sisters has been nominated for Best Production Play and one of the show’s stars Ronke Adekoluejo has been nominated for Best Female Actor in a Play at the Black British Theatre Awards 2020.


The Black British Theatre Awards has announced its 2020 nominees. Voted almost entirely by the public, this year’s nominees represent some of the finest work by Black performers and creatives in UK theatre. It has also been announced the ceremony will make its television debut on Sky Arts in October with the aim to engage and inspire audiences nationwide when it airs, as part of the channel’s free to air line-up.

Three Sisters, written by Inua Ellams and produced by Fuel, premiered in December 2019 at the National Theatre with Ronke Adekoluejo portraying the character Abosede in the production. Three Sisters came following Ellams’ smash-hit Barber Shop Chronicles and tells the story of Lolo, Nne Chukwu, and Udo who are grieving the loss of their father in Owerri, 1967 as they near the Biafran Civil War. Fuelled by foreign intervention, the conflict encroaches on their provincial village, and the sisters long to return to their home in Lagos.

‘The entire cast shines under Nadia Fall’s confident, sweeping direction. The production looks utterly beautiful too.’ – What’s on Stage ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘The production and the performances are first-rate.’ – Guardian ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“For all its historical detail, Nadia Fall’s production is very much the comedy that ‘Three Sisters’ is so rarely allowed to be, full of broadly drawn comic figures like Abosede (Ronke Adekoluejo), who transforms herself from a put-upon country girl into proud velvet-clad matriarch.” – Time Out

The 2020 Black British Theatre Awards programme will be produced by Kwame Kwei-Armah, and Directors Charlie Di Placido and Kojey Radical. The socially distanced event will take place at London’s Young Vic Theatre. Nominees together with special guests will attend a vibrant awards ceremony intersperse with live music, interviews, dance, and artistic content. This year’s aim is to highlight, as well as champion, the recognition, and representation of Black talent in British theatre.

The Black British Theatre Awards will be broadcast exclusively on Sky Arts in late October.

The Black British Theatre Awards Directors Solange Urdang and Omar F Okai say ‘This is an important year with UK Theatre coming to a standstill and The Black Lives Matter movement protests. We feel it is important now more than ever to highlight the wonderful Black British talent we have in abundance and hope to bring positivity to such as a difficult time”.