Chair of the Judges Kwame Kwei-Armah ‘There are some stories that are just for theatre’

Whoever you are, where ever you are, under cover of anonymity- just send it in!

Kwame Kwei-Armah is a writer, actor and director whose first performance took place at the Royal Exchange Theatre. He is Artistic Director of the Young Vic theatre, where we launched the 2019 Prize, at the event he commented on his appointment as chair;

“It’s my absolute pleasure to return to The Bruntwood Prize, particularly having been part of the very first round in 2005, and to chair a panel of brilliant judges who have such a variety of experience, from performers to writers, directors, poets and journalists. In my eyes, the Prize has become such a profound and essential part of our cultural ecology for playwrights. It represents a most invigorating opportunity to undertake a leap of faith by virtue of a chosen pseudonym. So, send the thing that is brewing in you… the thing that says, ‘I must tell this story in a theatrical form’. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a first draft, or a final draft. Just send it!”

The whole of the 2019 Bruntwood Prize toolkit is up and available for you to use- from blank page through to your submission draft.

Whether you are totally new to writing for the stage, or an established playwright we hope that the guidance of the brilliant playwrights who have contributed to the toolkit can support you. There’s still time before the June 5th 6pm deadline!

All questions and to enter via or you can email the Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator for support on


All video Credit: The Other Richard




Published on:
28 May 2019


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