In partnership with the Traverse Theatre, Theatre Uncut announce the Political Playwriting Award
14 May 2018 ← return to listing
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
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
For more information on the Theatre Uncut
Political Playwriting Award visit: www.theatreuncut.com