2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Top 10 announced

We are delighted to announce the Shortlist scripts for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

The Longlist of Top 100 plays was read by a further round of readers to identify a Top 40.  Each of the Top 40 scripts were then read and discussed by a further nine people including core artistic staff at the Royal Exchange Theatre and three award-winning theatre directors.  Out of a passionate, intense, rigorous and exciting four hour meeting, this shortlist of 10 scripts emerged to be sent to the judges.

It has been a long process with nearly 100 readers giving their time, expertise and passion to carefully consider each script.  Thank you to everyone who submitted and who dedicated themselves to completing a script and sharing it with us.

If you made the Top 100 longlist but have not made this year’s shortlist, your script is now being re-read by an experienced reader and dramaturg / director who will offer feedback to you.  Each playwright will receive their feedback by 30th December 2015.

It is vital that the scripts remain anonymous!

Our distinguished panel of Judges, chaired by Sir Nicholas Hytner, will meet on the afternoon of 16th November to discuss the scripts.

The Award Ceremony will take place at the Royal Exchange Theatre from 1pm on Tuesday 17th November.

To celebrate 10 years of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, we will be opening the Award Ceremony to the public – tickets can be booked from 5th November through our Box Office on 0161 833 9833 – or you can watch the action unfold through live-streaming on this website.  We hope you will join us to help us celebrate what we are sure will be an exciting day.

THE SHORTLIST (in alphabetical order) 

Play Title Pseudonym
How My Light Is Spent Lucy Weir
Jonestown Droopy Tutu
Madra Elizabeth Martha
Parliament Square Penelope Pitstop
Rails Sam Moore
Sound of Silence Tim Buktu
Tabs Lucy Tratalos
The Almighty Sometimes Emme Lewis
Wild is De Wind Oki Ma
Wish List J Moscow


Published on:
30 Oct 2015


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