2005 BA (Hons) American Theatre Arts  graduate Gloria Williams has won the Best Female Actor in a Play Award for her performance in her own play Bullet Hole at the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards.

The awards, held on the 27 October 2019 at Old Finsbury Town Hall, have been established to raise the profile of the role that black Britons have made to not only the country’s artisitc legacy but the impact that their contribution has made on an international level.

Bullet Hole is a powerful play exploring the effect of FGM on three women from Sierra Leone who are living in London. It received excellent reviews during its run at Park Theatre in 2018.


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2019 Black Theatre Award Winners

Best Director for a Play or Musical
– Lynette Linton; Sweat: Gielgud Theatre

Best Producer
– Tobi Kyeremateng; Babylon Festival: Bush Theatre

Best Choreographer
– Shelley Maxwell; Equus: Theatre Royal Stratford East

Best Opera Production
– Porgy and Bess; English National Opera: London Coliseum

Best Dance Performance in a Dance Production
– Prentice Whitlow; Rite of Spring: Phoenix Dance Theatre: Sadlers Wells

Best Dance Production
– Phoenix Dance Theatre; Rite of Spring: Sadlers Wells

Light and Sound Recognition Award
– Tony Gayle

Set Design Recognition Award
– Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey

Book and Lyrics Recognition Award
– Debbie Tucker Green

Musical Director Recognition Award
– Benjamin Kwasi Burrell

Best Supporting Female Actor in a Play
– Michelle Greenidge; Nine Night: National Theatre

Best Female Actor in a Play
– Gloria Williams: Bullet Hole: Park Theatre

Best Supporting Male Actor in a Play
– Lenny Henry: King Hedley II: Theatre Royal Stratford East

Best Male Actor in a Play
– Arinzé Kene; Misty: Bush Theatre

Best Production for a Play
– The Half God of Rainfall: Kiln Theatre & Fuel

Best Supporting Male Actor in a Musical
– Cavin Cornwall; Jesus Christ Superstar: Barbican Theatre

Best Male Actor in a Musical
– Layton Williams; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: Apollo Theatre

Best Supporting Female Actor in a Musical
– Beverley Knight; Sylvia: The Old Vic

Best Female Actor in a Musical
– Sharon D. Clarke; Caroline or Change: Playhouse Theatre

Best Musical Production
– Hamilton; Victoria Palace Theatre

Recent Graduate Award
– Amara Okereke; Arts Educational Schools, London

Best Teacher of Performing Arts as a Subject Award
– Angeline Bell, The Urdang Academy

Lifetime Recognition Award
– Sharon D. Clarke