Natasha Gordon

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Natasha Gordon
London, England
OccupationActor and playwright
Notable worksNine Night

Natasha Delia Letitia Gordon MBE (born 1976) is a British playwright of Jamaican heritage. In 2018, having previously been an actor, she became the first black British female playwright to have a play staged in the West End.[1]


Natasha Gordon was born in North London in 1976, to parents who were both migrants from Jamaica.[2] Her grandparents had arrived in London from Jamaica by boat as part of the so-called Windrush generation in the late 1950s. Her mother joined them in 1963, finding work, a Jamaican-born husband and a reassuringly familiar West Indian community there.[2]

Gordon's debut play Nine Night premiered at London's National Theatre in April 2018 [3] to critical acclaim [4] transferring seven months later to London's Trafalgar Studios on 1 December.[5] The transfer marks a pivotal moment in history as Gordon will become the first black British female playwright to have a play in the West End.[6] In a Guardian newspaper profile on her, Gordon explains that the "nine night" ritual of gathering to eat, drink and swap stories helped her to connect with her family’s past and inspired her first play. She also cites the recent deportation threats experienced by many of the Windrush generation as fuel for her to learn more about the difficulties her grandparents faced.[2] The play resulted in Gordon winning the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2018.[7]

As an actor, her stage credits include Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre), The Low Road and Clubland (Royal Court Theatre), Mules (Young Vic) and As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company). Her film and TV credits include Dough, Line of Duty, Class and Danny and the Human Zoo.[8]

Gordon was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to drama.[9]




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  1. ^ Rogers, Jami (2018-06-19). "Nine Night's West End transfer is a first for black theatre in Britain". The Stage. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  2. ^ a b c Rhodes, Giulia (2018-05-05). "Grandma's traditional Jamaican wake brought me closer to the Windrush generation". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  3. ^ "Nine Night | National Theatre". Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  4. ^ Billington, Michael (2018-05-01). "Nine Night review – joy and grief as generations collide at Jamaican wake". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  5. ^ Body, Jamie (2018-06-19). "National Theatre's Nine Night announces West End transfer". The Stage. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ Shenton, Mark (2018-07-25). "There are still glass ceilings for diverse theatremakers". The Stage. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  7. ^ Thompson, Jessie (2018-11-19). "Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018 - The Winners". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  8. ^ Able, Sane and. "Natasha Gordon - The Agency". The Agency. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  9. ^ "No. 62866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 2019. p. N18.