Ryan’s play TYPICAL, which starred Richard Blackwood, sold out its run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 and its transfer to Soho Theatre Upstairs, garnering 4 star reviews across the board. He was the winner of the 2018 Off West End ‘Adopt A Playwright Award’ for his play RHAPSODY, which was produced at the Arcola in March of that year. RETROGRADE, which he wrote on his year of ‘adoption’, is nominated for the 2019 Alfred Fagon Award. Ryan is an alumnus of the Royal Court writer’s programme 2017 and the Soho Young Company 2016/17. He is under commission to the Royal Court and the Arcola. QUEENS OF SHEBA, co-written with Jessica Hagan, won the 2018 Edinburgh Untapped Award having played to sell-out audiences at the Camden Peoples Theatre in October 2017. Its 4 week run at Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2018 sold out, garnering 4 and 5 star reviews across the board and winning the Edinburgh Stage Award 2018; it transferred to the New Diorama Theatre, London (where it also sold out!) and it went on national tour in 2019 coming in to Battersea Arts Centre in November. The screen rights have been optioned by Tiger Aspect for a half hour Comedy adaptation to be written by Ryan and Jessica.
Ryan’s first play TIMBUKTU was part of the Bush Theatre’s Black Lives Black Words Festival 2016, a festival of radical new BAME voices. It was revived in February 2018 for a run at The Stratford Theatre Royal East which sold out.
Ryan is also a professional Actor. His work in Theatre includes Mogadishu (Manchester Royal Exchange/Lyric Hammersmith), The West Bridge (The Royal Court), The Dug out (The Tobacco Factory) and Sponge (Old Vic New Voices). TV/Film credits include Luther (BBC) Jekyll and Hyde (ITV), The Coroner (BBC), Suspects (Channel 5), Casualty (BBC), Honey Trap (Bright Pictures) and The Interceptor (BBC) Cilla (ITV).