As the judges make the final decision on the winner of the £5,000 2020 Platform Presents Playwright’s Prize, filmed excerpts from five of the finalists plays, recorded in isolation during Lockdown by major stars of TV and film, are being released.
Aimee Lou Wood, Dianna Agron, Kyle Soller, Phoebe Fox, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Aki Omoshaybi and George MacKay have self-filmed video excerpts from the Platform Presents Playwright’s Prize finalist plays in isolation during Lockdown. The films are available to be watched from today. The £5,000 winner will be announced on Saturday August 15 at 6pm.
Production company Platform Presents was founded in 2017 by actress Gala Gordon and producer Isabella Macpherson to give a platform to rising star talent, with a particular interest in female voices. And to raise the £5,000 prize money for their annual Playwright’s Prize, Platform Presents founded an annual Poetry Gala, to celebrate and highlight great writing, through theinspiring medium of poetry, brought to life by stars of the stage and screen.
For the 2020 Platform Presents Prize, over 200 plays were submitted from writers based from London to New York, LA to Melbourne. These were shortlisted to nine by the Platform
Presents co-founders and script readers.
The Platform Presents prize includes ongoing mentoring as well as the £5,000 cash prize.