Dipo Baruwa-Etti

Writer, Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Rose Cobbe
Associate Agent: Florence Hyde

Film, TV & Theatre

Dipo Baruwa-Etti is a filmmaker, playwright, and poet. As writer-director, his short films include award-winning THE LAST DAYS, a BFI Network/BBC and starring Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton) and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn (Small Axe, Lovers Rock). He also has original projects in development with Blueprint Pictures and Duck Soup Films. His plays include The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars (Theatre Royal Stratford East), An unfinished man (The Yard Theatre), Half-Empty Glasses (Paines Plough) and The Clinic (Almeida Theatre), published by Faber & Faber. As a poet, he has been published in The Good Journal, Ink Sweat & Tears, Amaryllis, and had his work showcased nationwide as part of End Hunger UK's touring exhibition on food insecurity.

An unfinished man:

★★★★ “One of the most original and inventive shows I’ve seen in years – atmospheric, beautifully acted and designed… This new piece confirms [Baruwa-Etti] as a seriously exciting new talent.” – Evening Standard 

★★★★ “A bold, troubling, brilliant examination of the devastating effects of depression” – WhatsOnStage 

★★★★ “An exhilarating production. The performances are so rich, the premise so compelling.” – The Stage

★★★★ "Baruwa-Etti’s play manages something seriously impressive. It's rich in metaphors and ambiguities, while also being chest-tighteningly specific.” – Time Out 

★★★★★ “A perfect marriage of a considered script and creative and impactful staging, it’s not one to miss.” – The Rendition

 

The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars:

★★★★ “Yoruba myth, Greek tragedy, Tarantino-esque revenge fantasy and Shakespeare swirl together in this searingly articulate cry of pain, rage and hope… This debut play is one that stands out: the writing, in verse, is lacerating yet full of grace… drama that transports us deep into the whorl of trauma, and it is genuinely haunting” – The Stage

★★★★★ “It is a challenging and staggering play, and a story that leaves me with hope” – A Younger Theatre

★★★★ “This is a blinder” – The Evening Standard  

★★★★ The Observer
 

In Development

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THE WAY THINGS ARE

2020

Duck Soup

Original Series in development

MILLENNIAL HUSTLE

2020

Blueprint

Writing treatment for original tv series in development

ALL OF THE LIGHTS

2020

ITV

Treatment for original television series

UNTITLED

2020

Sky

Writers Room for TV series

Theatre

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2022

Almeida

Dir. Monique Touko

2022

Paines Plough, Roundabout

Dir. Kayela Baxe

AN UNFINISHED MAN

2022

The Yard Theatre

Dir. Taio Lawson. Published by Faber & Faber

THE SUN THE MOON AND THE STARS

2021

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Dir. Nadia Fall.
Nominated: Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play
Nominated: Off West End Award for Most Promising Playwright

2020

Paines Plough

A new bilingual play in collaboration with Theatre Dortmund and German playwright Calle Fuhr (INTO THE STARS)

Television

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DANCE SCHOOL

2022

Duck Soup

Writing episode of original series, created by Theresa Ikoko and Lisa Holdsworth

Short Films

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THE MADNESS

2021

The Mono Box

As writer. Dir. Roberta Zuric, starring Sharon Duncan-Brewster.

THE LAST DAYS

2021

BFI Network/BBC Drama/Tannahill Productions

Writer-Director. Prod. Katie Sinclair

Official Selection
Aesthetica Film Festival 2021
American Black Film Festival 2021
Brooklyn Film Festival 2022
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2021
Fantastic Fest 2021 - Winner: Best Film, Fantastic Shorts
FastNet Film Festival 2022
HollyShorts Film Festival 2021
London Short Film Festival 2022
Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival 2022
Palm Springs ShortsFest 2022 - Nominee: Best Narrative Short
Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2022 - Nominee: Best Narrative Short
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2021
St Albans Film Festival 2022
Underwire Film Festival 2022
Urbanworld Film Festival 2021

Other

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2020

English Touring Theatre

Audio / Podcast series - Episode 6 'And Then I Heard A Black Man Cry'
Dir. Jennifer Bakst, narrated by Paapa Essiedu