Original Theatre Company announces the judging panel for their new playwrighting prize, the Originals Playwriting Award.
The judges are Mike Bartlett, Sarah Butcher, Angel Coulby, Jack Holden, Nick Marston, Dafydd Rogers, Abdul Shayek and Rachel Tackley.
Aimed at emerging and early career playwrights, the submissions window closes at 10am on Monday 9 May, accepting new works from writers across the UK, open to anyone above the age of 18.
Mike Bartlett said today, “Theatre thrives when a new, provocative, unexpected writer arrives – bringing a new perspective, experience or imagination (or often all three) to an audience. It’s what audiences crave – to step outside their own worlds and enter someone else’s. To expand their understanding.
“I wanted to take part in the Originals Playwriting Award, as it’s a great encouragement for writers to write, to have a go and get the script finished and sent off. It can be very hard starting off as a writer but there is also a freedom at that early stage – that all rules are there to be broken. You are the radical and the breath of fresh air. Show us how it should be done. I can’t wait to read them.”
Judged by a panel of acclaimed industry experts, the winner of the Award will receive a cash prize of £7,000, with three further runners up receiving £2,000 each. Launched in collaboration with Riverside Studios, each of the four plays will receive a script-in-hand performance at the venue, which will additionally be filmed and streamed live by North South.
Plays can be submitted via the Original Theatre Company website: https://bit.ly/Originals2022Award.