debbie tucker green

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debbie tucker green
BornLondon, UK
Notable awardsBAFTA,

debbie tucker green [sic] is a British playwright, screenwriter, and director.[1] She spells her name in lower-case.[2] She has written a number of plays, including born bad (2003), for which she won the Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2004. Most of her stage plays have been produced at the Royal Court Theatre and the Young Vic in London.


She was born in London, and before beginning to write plays worked for a decade as a stage manager.[3] Her 2003 play dirty butterfly was produced by Soho Theatre, and for her play born bad (Hampstead Theatre, 2003) she won the Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2004. Her plays have also been staged at the Royal National Theatre, and performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

She won a BAFTA Award for random, which was broadcast on Channel 4.[4]

In 2016, she won an ARIA (Audio and Radio Industry Award) from the Radio Academy for her radio play Lament. Produced by BBC Radio Drama London and broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Lament won the Gold Best Audio Dramatisation prize.[5]

Film career[edit]

green wrote and directed Second Coming (2014), a film set in London starring Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[6] It was given a limited release in the UK by Kaleidoscope Entertainment in June 2015 making green only the 4th British black woman to ever have a movie distributed in the UK following Ngozi Onwurah, Amma Asante, and Destiny Ekaragha. She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for the film.

Television career[edit]

In 2018, green was commissioned by Channel 4 to direct an episode of their short film series, Random Acts. It was first broadcast at midnight on 15 August 2018.[7]

Selected works[edit]


  • two women (Soho Theatre, 2000, dir. Rufus Norris)[8]
  • dirty butterfly (Soho Theatre, 2003, dir. Rufus Norris; Young Vic, 2008, dir. Michael Longhurst)
  • born bad (Hampstead Theatre, 2003, dir. Kathy Burke)
  • trade (The Other Place, 2004)
  • stoning mary (Royal Court Theatre, 2005, dir. Marianne Elliott)
  • generations (Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, 2005)
  • random (Royal Court Theatre, 2008, dir. Sacha Wares)
  • laws of war (Royal Court Theatre, 2010)
  • truth and reconciliation (Royal Court Theatre, 2011)
  • nut (The Shed, National Theatre, 2013)
  • hang (Royal Court Theatre, 2015)
  • a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun) (Royal Court Theatre, 2017)
  • ear for eye (Royal Court Theatre, 2018)




Selected awards[edit]

  • Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer 2004 for born bad
  • Shortlisted for Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2003 for born bad
  • Best Single Drama – 2012 BAFTA Awards for random


  1. ^ Lyn Gardner, "'I was messing about'", The Guardian, 30 March 2005.
  2. ^ Michael Billington, "truth and reconciliation – review", The Guardian, 6 September 2011.
  3. ^ debbie tucker green – Biography, National Theatre Black Plays Archive.
  4. ^ "BFI announces support for debut features from Debbie Tucker Green and Esther May Campbell", BFI, 14 May 2015.
  5. ^ "ARIAS - the winners!". Retrieved 20 December 2016.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Programmes – Discovery – Second Coming". Archived from the original on 5 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Exclusive first look: Debbie Tucker Green's short film for Channel 4's Random Acts | Features | The Stage". The Stage. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  8. ^ "two women", Black Plays Archive, National Theatre.

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