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. As a playwright, Dipo was the 2020 Channel 4 Playwright on attachment with the Almeida Theatre and shortlisted for the George Devine Most Promising Playwright Award that same year with his play When Great Trees Fall. His plays include The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars (Theatre Royal Stratford East) – nominated for Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play – and  An unfinished man (The Yard Theatre) published by Faber & Faber. He is developing new plays with the Almeida Theatre and Paines Plough, and has been on attachment with the National Theatre. 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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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)

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

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
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2021
Rhode Island Film Festival 2021
Urbanworld Film Festival 2021
Aesthetica Film Festival 2021
Hollyshorts Film Festival 2021
Fantastic Fest 2021 – Winner, Fantastic Shorts
American Black Film Festival 2021
London Short Film Festival 2022
Underwire Film Festival 2022