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Fidel Future Fidel Future i(A150847 works by) (a.k.a. Future D. Fidel)
Born: Established:
Congo (Democratic Republic),
West / Central Africa, Africa,
Gender: Male
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Future D. Fidel is a Congolese-Australian playwright. Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he was orphaned at thirteen and spent eight years in a Tanzanian refugee camp before coming to Australia.

Fidel has been involved in African dance groups in Australia, which led to his involvement in theatre works. His first full-length play, Fighter, was first staged in 2015, and was nominated for two Helpmann Awards in 2016. In 2018, he released his novel based on the play.

Fidel also holds a degree in electrical engineering.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Prize Fighter 2015 Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2016 7986106 2015 single work drama

'A talented young boxer, Isa, is preparing for the biggest fight of his career. On the line is the national title and the promise of fame and riches beyond his wildest dreams. What unfolds is a modern-day fable of a Congolese boy orphaned by war and forced to become a child soldier by the very people who killed his family. His powerful left hook offers a new life in Australia, but his greatest obstacle is not his opponent – it’s his past.

'La Boite Artist-in-Residence Future D. Fidel writes with the undeniable force of authenticity. Fleeing the Congo as a child, he lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted refugee status in Australia. Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and those of people he has known.

'We are thrilled to present in the lead role one of Queensland’s most talented young actors, Pacharo Mzembe (The Mountaintop, Underbelly), who brings years of boxing training to the stage.' (Production summary)

2016 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best New Australian Work
2016 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Play
2019 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Regional Touring Production
2019 nominated Victorian Green Room Awards Production : Theatre - Companies
2019 nominated Victorian Green Room Awards Direction : Theatre - Companies
2018 joint winner Matilda Awards Best Mainstage Production
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