Ryan Calais Cameron



Theatre Credits include:  FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE HUE GETS TOO HEAVY (Royal Court Theatre, 2022 – Nouveau Riche/Boundless Theatre/New Diorama), HUMAN NURTURE (Theatre Centre/Sheffield Theatres and national tour 2022); TYPICAL, (Nouveau Riche), which starred Richard Blackwood (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre Upstairs 2020); QUEENS OF SHEBA, (Nouveau Riche), co-written with Jessica Hagan, winner of the 2018 Edinburgh Untapped Award, (Edinburgh Fringe, New Diorama Theatre, London and national tour 2019).  Ryan 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, written on his year of ‘adoption’, was shortlisted for the 2019 Alfred Fagon Award and Verity Bargate Award 2020 and will have its premiere production at The Kiln in 2023.  He is under commission to Kiln as part of a Sky Studios/Kiln Theatre new writing initiative.

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 at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Ryan is an alumnus of the Royal Court writer’s programme 2017 and the Soho Young Company 2016/17.  He recently contributed to the Royal Court’s ‘Living Newspaper’: Edition 2 and is currently under commission to the Royal Court, the Arcola, Soho Theatre and Theatre Centre.  Ryan has been chosen as one of “The Stage 25” 2022 list of future stars of the UK theatre industry.

TV:  Guest writer on THE FLATSHARE S1 (42/Paramount+) and forthcoming greenlit productions BOARDERS (Studio Lambert/BBC3) and QUEENIE (C4); Ryan is developing several original series with indies which include: MY BROTHERS’ KEEPER (Warp Films), BLERD (Wychwood) and an adapation of BLOOD RIGHTS (Red Planet).

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).