From aspiring playwrights to established masters of the art, the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is now OPEN to discover, promote and produce the very best new writing for theatre. And we need your scripts!
This year’s Chair of judges, Dame Jenni Murray, says: “Plays explore the great ideas of our time. They can be personally provocative, politically insightful and provide audiences with great conversation long afterwards. Plays can make you see the world in an entirely new way, rip your heart out and mend it again. Without discovering and supporting a new generation of playwrights, these stories might never be told.”
Michael Oglesby, Chairman of Bruntwood, adds: “With continued cuts to arts funding, competitions like the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting are now more important than ever. As we discovered last autumn with the Bruntwood Prize Roadshow, there is a huge appetite for playwriting in this country. New plays are vital for sustaining our theatres and stimulating their audiences. We are proud to be working in partnership with the Royal Exchange for the fourth cycle of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting that has launched the careers of some exceptional playwrights.”
Writers: you have until 3 June to submit your scripts which, unlike other competitions, must be entered anonymously. Full rules and details of the submission process can be found here; and you can submit your script here.
Over the coming months, we’ll be publishing a-plenty on the writeaplay website, with Industry Insights, Tutorials, interviews and discussions with past winners, directors, actors, and designers – all in the spirit of helping you imagine your script go from page to production. Why not check out the
star-studded launch event in London here and have a listen to our Soundclip of the whole event here:
The winner of the 2013 prize will receive £16,000, and there will also be three Judges’ Awards of £8,000 each. All four award winners will have the chance to develop their play with the Royal Exchange, with a view to production. In addition, leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books will publish all winning plays that receive a production at the Exchange, ensuring that the plays reach an even wider audience and have the opportunity of a vibrant afterlife in the amateur performance sector.
Dame Jenni Murray is joined on the judging panel by the award-winning playwrights David Eldridge and Tanika Gupta MBE; Associate Director of the National Theatre, Marianne Elliott; actress, Suranne Jones; Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Greg Hersov; theatre critic, Benedict Nightingale and Chairman of Bruntwood, Michael Oglesby CBE.
For more information about the competition, please visit the writeaplay website.