In partnership with the Traverse Theatre, Theatre Uncut announce the Political Playwriting Award

14 May 2018 ← return to listing

In partnership with the Traverse Theatre, Theatre Uncut announce the Political Playwriting Award

Traverse Theatre is proud to be a partner organisation, alongside Young Vic Theatre and Sherman Theatre, on Theatre Uncut's Political Playwriting Award - the UK's first major political playwriting prize. 

The Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award aims to find the next generation of political playwrights that are exploring the big issues that affect our lives today. The award seeks to discover brand new voices from all backgrounds that examine - in a full length play - the political in its widest sense, from the domestic to the global.

The writer of the winning play will receive an award of £9,500 including an agreement to option the production of the play to Theatre Uncut and the award partners. Submissions will open on 1st September 2018 and close 1st November 2018.

A longlist of 30 will be read by Theatre Uncut Artistic Directors Hannah Price and Emma Callander. A shortlist of 10 plays will then be read by the Artistic Directors of the partner venues Kwame Kwei Armah (Young Vic), Rachel O'Riorden (Sherman Theatre) and Orla O'Loughlin (Traverse Theatre) and the winner judged by the panel of the above with invited guests (to be announced soon).

Theatre Uncut are dedicated to encouraging submissions from the widest demographic of playwrights as possible and welcome writers of any age, race, class, physical ability, sexual orientation and gender identification to send their plays in. In an effort to provide equality of response and transparency of process we will be reading all plays anonymously and a list of all readers will be made public on the Theatre Uncut website.

'As our world becomes increasingly divisive, it seems as though everything we think, feel and do can be understood as a political act. So, it's galvanising to see long-time Traverse collaborators, Theatre Uncut launch a playwriting prize that speaks so directly to these times. Here's to throwing the doors wide open to new voices, representative experiences and bold political perspectives.'
Orla O'Loughlin, Artistic Director, Traverse Theatre 

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