Episode 1: Matilda Ibini

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In the first episode of the brand new Traverse Podcast, Debbie Hannan speaks to her frequent collaborator, self-described bionic playwright Matilda Ibini.

They chat about their mutual appreciation of music videos and choreography of Missy Elliot, the unsung heroes in their careers and how it’s been getting through the pandemic whilst shielding.

Part of The Traverse Podcast series.

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A transcript for this episode can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

The Traverse is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

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This episode's guest: Matilda Ibini

Matilda was awarded a scholarship from BAFTA and Warner Brothers to study a Masters in Playwriting & Screenwriting at City University. She holds a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from London Metropolitan University. Her work has been shortlisted for awards such as the Soho Young Writers Award, the Alfred Fagon Award and has been supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Matilda was part of the Royal Court Writers Program, Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab, Bryony Kimmings' week-long Live Art course, Criterion Theatre’s New Writing Program, Arcola Theatre’s Voices from the Future scheme, ThinkBIGGER: Writers’ Cramp Screenwriting Course and the Eastenders E20 Writers’ School.

She was Soho Theatre’s writer in residence for the BBC Writersroom 10 scheme and was a member of Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Alumni Group. Her debut play Muscovado was produced by BurntOut Theatre company, and premiered in October 2014 and then went on tour across the UK in 2015 starting with a run at Theatre503. Muscovado also co-won the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015. She has short plays on at the National Theatre Shed, St James Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Hackney Showroom, Arcola Theatre and Paines Plough Roundabout Edinburgh. Matilda's play Little Miss Burden premiered at London's The Bunker Theatre in 2019 and she wrote the short play Shielders for Traverse 3 in 2020.

She recently completed a yearlong residency at Graeae Theatre Company (17/18), an attachment at the National Theatre Studio and the Channel 4 Screenwriting course.


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