A former Edge Hill University student has been nominated for prestigious theatre award for a one-woman show she wrote during her studies.

Actor, writer and broadcaster, Phina Oruche, best known for her role as Liberty Baker in Footballer’s Wives, wrote Identity Crisis as part of a Masters in Media, performing it in the Arts Centre and at the Edinburgh Festival. The show has now been shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award, after being chosen by theatregoers as one of the year’s top plays.

Identity Crisis is a darkly comic tale that examines Phina’s own observations on what others have made of her black identity as she worked her way through the fickle world of the media. After a successful run at the Ovalhouse in London, the show headed to the SoHo Theatre in New York in September this year.

The Alfred Fagon Awards recognise and celebrate talented black British playwrights of Caribbean descent writing in Britain today.

The award will be presented to the winner at the Alfred Fagon Awards on 8 December 2017 at London’s National Theatre.