2023 Longlisted script productions

In 2022 for the first time- the Longlist was 130 plays. This extended Longlist reflects the quality and creativity of the 2022 submitted plays, and our desire to offer robust and useful support to playwrights. All the longlisted writers will receive a full script report and ongoing digital marketing support. We will also make introductions to your regional producing theatres, and to directors who read for the Prize wherever possible.

See the full anonymised Longlist https://www.writeaplay.co.uk/the-bruntwood-prize-for-playwriting-2022-longlist/


2022 Longlist development 

Did you see your script Longlisted in the 2022 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting? Get in touch with bruntwood.prize@royalexchange.co.uk





Playwright Neil Flynn has been awarded first prize for the 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition. Neil’s script ONCE UPON A CLOCK was also Longlisted in this years Bruntwood Prize Competition.

Find out more at https://www.writeaplay.co.uk/playwright-neil-flynn-has-been-awarded-first-prize-for-the-27th-international-radio-playwriting-competition/



Compositor E By Charlie Dupré was longlisted for the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize in 2022. It will run from February 14-19th at The VAULT Festival. An apprentice typesetter works on the First Folio of Shakespeare, while processing the trauma of his mother’s execution for witchcraft. A play about the hidden fingerprints of history, in celebration of the Folio’s 400th anniversary.

Find out more and book tickets at https://vaultfestival.com/events/compositor-e/



GUN TO YOUR HEAD – by Simon Jaggers will also be at the Vaults from Tue 14th Feb – Sat 18th Feb. It’s summer and teenage runaways Dakota and Bede are hiding out in an abandoned quarry, buried deep in the belly of England. It’s a magical, frightening place, where youth tangles with death and dreams are forgotten. A razor-edged playground in which our tearaways can escape their past and imagine impossible futures.

In this riotous punk-play of pop culture, games and reddit folklore, the stakes keep rising. Gun to your head… what could go wrong? Listed as one of The Independent’s 13 “unmissable gems” of VAULT Festival 2023. Don’t miss this “electric two-hander … we’re expecting great things.

Gun to your Head | VAULT Festival



Mojola Akinyemi ‘imaginary natural beings’ also ran at the VAULTS from Tue 24th Jan – Fri 27th Jan. A journey of self-exploration through an indifferent world. The Girl becomes a woman, The Boy becomes a man, and they both shape each other’s lives – or at least, that is how it is supposed to work. Within a fluid, deconstructed theatre space, the boundaries of character and actor become blurred. In a work inspired by contemporary poetry and absurdist theatre, ‘imaginary natural beings’ explores the nature of Blackness, womanhood, and coming-of-age in modern Britain. Find out more at-


Published on:
6 Feb 2023


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