The University of Edinburgh in association with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Traverse Theatre
Join the playwrights nominated for this prestigious prize for an afternoon of new plays hosted by Shereen Nanjiani, culminating in the winner being revealed.
The James Tait Black Prize for Drama celebrates innovative drama produced worldwide. The £10,000 prize is awarded to the play that most clearly demonstrates an original voice and makes a significant contribution to the artform.
This year's shortlisted plays are: Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch (Royal Court Theatre), Lions and Tigers by Tanika Gupta (Shakespeare’s Globe), Locker Room Talk by Gary McNair (Traverse Theatre), Glory on Earth by Linda McLean (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh).
Extracts from the four plays shortlisted will be performed by a professional cast, followed by thought-provoking discussions with the playwrights about their work.
Last year, David Ireland’s tragicomedy Cyprus Avenue, which explored the extremes of sectarianism in Northern Ireland, was the fifth play to win the accolade.
Previous winners: Iphigenia In Splott by Gary Owen; Tomorrow Come Today by Gordon Dahlquist; Cannibals by Rory Mullarkey; and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price.
The James Tait Black Prizes are part of Britain’s oldest book prizes – which were founded in 1919 – and awarded by the oldest centre for English Literature in the world at the University of Edinburgh.
The University has led the award since 2012, when the new category to celebrate playwriting was introduced.
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Mon 20 Aug, 4pm
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