ROUNDABOUT 2020: BLACK LOVE by Chinonyerem Odimba

A Paines Plough and Oldham Coliseum production in association with York Theatre Royal

ROUNDABOUT 2020 Season

BLACK LOVE by Chinonyerem Odimba, Music by Ben and Max Ringham


BLACK LOVE is a brand new musical about love. Chinonyerem’s latest work explores romantic relationships between black people, and in particular of how this is portrayed, or more often than not, isn’t portrayed in theatre and on stage.

Chinonyerem is a Nigeria-born, Bristol based playwright, director and poet. Her work for theatre includes Joanne and Amongst the Reeds for Clean Break, London /The Yard, a modern retelling of Twist for Theatre Centre, Medea at Bristol Old Vic, and We Too, Are Giants for Kiln Theatre. More recently, a new play ‘Princess & The Hustler’ toured across the UK for Eclipse Theatre/Bristol Old Vic/HullTruck. She was the Writer-in-Residence at Live Theatre/Northumbria University and is now an Associate Artist at Live. Her work has been shortlisted for several awards including the Adrienne Benham Award, Alfred Fagon Award, and the Bruntwood Playwriting Award. She is the joint winner for the 2018 Sonia Friedman Award for a new play ‘How to Walk on the Moon’ written for C4/Talawa Theatre. Currently Chinonyerem has the world premiere of a community play 'The Seven Ages of Patience' opening at Kiln Theatre, a new play 'Unknown Rivers' at Hampstead Theatre this October, and an adaptation of 'The Prince and the Pauper' for Watermill Theatre Christmas season. She also writes for radio and TV, with a new 30-minute drama for Channel 4 scheduled to be broadcast in 2020.