Film, TV & Theatre
Somalia is a British writer and actress of Jamaican and Nigerian parentage, born and raised in South-East London. She trained at East 15 Acting School on the BA(Hons) contemporary theatre course.
She is Artistic Director of No Ball Games Allowed, a company creating work with young people at its core.
Her debut play CROWNING GLORY was shortlisted for the 2014 Alfred Fagon Award. FALL OF THE KINGDOM, RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER was longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award and shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Her work has been produced by Clean Break, the RSC and the The Yard. She is currently under commission to Talawa & The Bush, Tonic Theatre and The Tricycle.
Somalia is currently on attachment to the National Theatre.
Paines Plough / Roundabout
Bush Theatre / Talawa
New play in development for The Swan
Original TV series in development
Adaptation of "Black by Design; A 2-Tone Memoir" by Pauline Black
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Directed by Justin Audibert
Commission in development with Company 3
As part of Black Lives, Black Words
Dir. Nadia Latif
Clean Break / The Yard / Edinburgh Assembly Rooms
Dir. Roisin McBrinn
CURLY FRIES AND BASS
The Lyric, Hammersmith
Dir. Roy Weise
MAMA’S LITTLE ANGEL (Staged Reading)
As part of Jerwood First Drafts season
HUSH LITTLE BABY
Soho Theatre: Upstairs
Dir. Abigail Graham
THE BOY AND THE DAME
Bush Theatre: BOOM Festival
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Dir. Dawn Reid
Writers Collective Member
2014 - 2015
Orange Tree Theatre
Orange Tree's resident writers group