Ugandan playwright Angella Emurwon won first prize in the English as a Second Language category for her radio play, Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence in the 23rd International Playwriting Competition held by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers. Emurwon, who won third place in 2012 for her play, The Cow Needs A Wife, is not new to Ugandan literary circles. As member of Femwrite, her interest in arts has seen her acting, writing and directing a number of productions.
Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence was directed by Rosalynd Ward. It is about young Yakobo who has never been in trouble before – but now he has lost his grandfather’s favourite photo and, in his desperation to make things right, he decides to take an ill-advised trip to Kampala.
He teams up with a friend Tonnie and together they topple in and out of bizarre adventures. The two find that sometimes the best things can be hidden behind an unwelcome exterior.
According to BBC, judges described the play as “a touching, purposeful adventure in which the characters jumped straight off the page.”
The competition, now in its 23rd year, invites residents outside Britain, to write a 53-minute radio drama for up to six characters and often attracts over 1,000 entries from different parts of the world.