Finalist 2023-24

Rhianna Ilube

Play: Samuel Takes a Male Dungeon No.5 After a Long But Generally Successful Day of Tours





Rhianna Ilube

Synopsis: Samuel Takes a Break... is a journey through colonialism’s impact on British identity. Set in Ghana’s Year of Return in 2019, this genre-blending story follows Samuel, a tour guide, and Orange, a ticket officer, at Cape Coast Castle.


Cast Breakdown: 2 M, 2W




Agent: Jessica Stewart, Independent Talent (


Play Service: Nick Hern Books


Bio: Rhianna Ilube is a playwright and curator from London. Her debut play, Samuel Takes A Break…, was Highly Commended for the Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting, and is being produced at The Yard Theatre in London in Feb 2024. She is a member of the Soho Theatre's 'Soho Six', and is an alumni of the Royal Court's Intro to Playwriting Group, the Oxford Playhouse Playmakers and Omnibus Theatre Engine Room. Rhianna was previously Associate Director of Coney, an award-winning interactive theatre company working across the UK, where she co-created '1884', a new playable-theatre show premiering in Spring 2024. She is also a film programmer for BFI Flare, Europe's largest LGBTQIA+ film festival, and previously worked as an activist-facilitator for NGOs across London. Rhianna holds an MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy from Goldsmiths University, and a BA in Politics from Cambridge University.


Fode Simbo & Bola Akeju

Bola Akeju

Stefan Asante-Boateng & Tori Allen-Martin

Samuel Takes a Male Dungeon No.5 After a Long But Generally Successful Day of Tours at The Yard Theatre, London. Photos by Marc Brenner.