Matilda Ibini

Where to begin...


A bit about me...(I guess)

I am a bionic playwright and screenwriter (and sometimes facilitator) from London... and I am a wheelchair user (but you knew that already, right?).

I graduated with a second upper class degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from London Metropolitan University.  I was awarded a scholarship from BAFTA and Warner Brothers to study a Masters in Playwriting & Screenwriting at City University and gained a Distinction.


My work has been shortlisted for awards such as the Soho Young Writers Award and the Alfred Fagon Award. I was part of the Royal Court Writers Program 2012/13 and was a member of Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Alumni Group.  I was also Soho Theatre’s writer-in-residence for the BBC Writersroom 10 scheme 2014/15, was Graeae Theatre’s Artist-in-Residence 2017/18 and recently completed an attachment at the National Theatre Studio.

My debut play ‘Muscovado’ about slavery and the sugar trade was produced by BurntOut Theatre, premiered in October 2014 and toured the UK in 2015 starting with a run at Theatre503. Muscovado subsequently co-won the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015.

I have had work staged at the Old Vic Theatre, Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, National Theatre Shed, St James Theatre, Royal Exchange Manchester, Birmingham Rep, Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Bunker Theatre, Hackney Showroom and Vaults Festival. 


BAFTA and Warner Bros Scholarship (2014 - 2016)

Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant (2016)

Alfred Fagon Audience Award (2015)

Shortlisted for Soho Young Writers Award (2012)

Training and Development

BBC Writersroom Writers’ Access Group - 9 months (2018 – 2019)

Ackley Bridge Shadow Scheme with The Forge/Channel 4 (2018)

National Theatre Studio Attachment (2018)

Channel 4 Screenwriting course (2018)

Soho Writers Alumni Group (2013 – 2018)

Tamasha Playwrights Programme - Year 3 (2016 – 2017)

MA Playwriting and Screenwriting at City University (2014 – 2017) 

NT Studio devising workshops – Rufus Norris (2016)

ThinkBIGGER: Writers’ Cramp Screenwriting Course (2016)

Bryony Kimmings Live Art Workshops (2016)

Criterion New Writing Program – Greg Mosse (2016)

BBC Writersroom 10 Scheme (2014 – 2015)

Soho Theatre’s Young Company (2011 – 2013)

English Literature and Creative Writing BA Hons. (2010 – 2013)

Arcola Theatre’s ‘Voices from the Future’ (2013)

Royal Court Writers Programme – Leo Butler (2012 - 2013)

Hollyoaks Storyline Workshop – Kathleen Beedles (2012)

Eastenders E20 Writer’s School (2011 – 2012)

The Script Factory & Second Light Screenwriters Lab (2011)

Royal Opera House Course – The Singing Word (2011)

Royal Shakespeare Court Poetry Workshop – Aoife Mannix (2011)

20/20 Writers Group Blue Elephant Theatre – Shireen Mula (2011)

BBC Writersroom Seminar - Paul Ashton (2010)

Photo credit: © BAFTA/Jamie Simonds