This year the Bruntwood Prize Judges decided upon a winner anonymously on Monday 23rd October.
The 2017 winning scripts will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by BBC news presenter Naga Munchetty on the 13 November at the Royal Exchange Theatre and livestreamed to this site.
The ten shortlisted scripts were selected from 1,898 original plays that were submitted to the Prize this year. Each playwright enters their play under a pseudonym, with the aim of creating an equal opportunity for writers of any background and experience to enter and have only their words come under consideration.
In the run up to the Nov 13th ceremony we’re profiling all the shortlisted writers and their plays further. The award ceremony will also feature a longer filmed interview with each playwright on their work and a extract directed by Bryony Shanahan.
British actor, Rebecca Callard is best known for her roles in television shows Fearless (2017), Ordinary Lies (2015) and Detectorists (2014). A Bit Of Light is her first play.
Archie Maddocks is a stand-up comedian and writer whose previous plays have been produced by the Bush Theatre, Royal Court and Lyric Hammersmith. A Place for We was shortlisted for the 2017 Alfred Fagon Award under it’s previous title of Nine Nights.
Manchester-based Tim Foley is an Associate Artist at Pentabus Theatre.
Timothy X Atack is an award-winning writer, composer and sound designer who founded the multidisciplinary
artist collective, Sleepdogs.
Laurie Nunn is an established film and television writer and her feature film script, The Summer House is currently in development. King Brown is her first play.
AKA The Gothic Castle of Capitalism
Glasgow-based writer, director and translator, Alan McKendrick has worked across film, theatre and opera. Oh Graveyard, You Can’t Hold Me Always was read under the title of The Gothic Castle of Capitalism to protect his anonymity.
AKA Over the Hill There’s Something Better
Sharon Clark is Creative Director of Bristol-based immersive theatre company, Raucous and a lecturer at Bath Spa University. Plow was read under the title of Over the Hill There’s Something Better to protect her anonymity as it was also shortlisted in this years Papatango New Writing Prize.
Actor and founder of Snuff Box Theatre, Daniel Foxsmith trained at East 15 Acting School. In 2015 his play One Night Far From Here made the long-list for the Bruntwood Prize and his play Weald received critical praise in 2016.
Writer and director, Joshua Val Martin is based in Manchester where he works as a tour guide. In 2015 he was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize and his first film which responds to the tragic Orlando nightclub shootings, A Vocation (49 Scenarios for Gay Men), is currently in production.
Kevin Doyle is a playwright and director based in Dublin.