All the scripts entered for The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting are read by one of our readers, who each work through a proportion of the entries. We guarantee to read the first 40 pages of every script entered into the The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
At this stage we are reading for the quality of the dramatic writing according to the broadest possible criteria:
Subject Matter – where narrative-driven or not, is there a clear sense of story which is for the stage, is there a sense that the writer is pursuing something that excites them?
Dialogue and Language – at whatever level, does the script show a feel for speech and dialogue? Does the writer create a sense of drama through the language and think about language as a live means of expression on stage? Does the writer engage with language (physical and verbal) in an interesting way?
Development – does the script put things at stake, is there a sense of drama and conflict, do the characters develop and change through the play, does the world or situation develop and change, does the audience go on a journey?
Audience – does the play engage with a live audience as a piece of theatre or does it have the potential to do that.
Scripts are then categorized by readers –
Grade A – immediate further read, go straight to Stage Three
Grade B – second read
Grade C – no further progress