Originals Playwriting Award 2022

The Originals Playwriting Award is the UK’s latest national competition for playwriting. It is a search for compellingly well-told stories capable of entertaining a wide audience. They’re looking for theatre scripts that have not yet been produced, by all UK-based writers who identify at being at the outset of their careers and would benefit from this platform.

Riverside Studios will award four plays with a cash prize and a script-in-hand performance live-streamed and recorded by North South in front of a live studio audience at London’s iconic theatre and television hub, Riverside Studios. The winning play will receive an enhanced cash prize and the potential of a full stage production by Original Theatre.


  • Your play should not have been previously produced/performed
  • Your play is written to be performed by 4 actors or less
  • Your play should be no longer than 70 minutes in performance
  • You consider yourself to be at the outset of professional playwrighting career and believe that this award would be transformative.


Monday 9 May 2022 10:00.


All plays submitted that meet the entry requirements will be considered by an expert panel of readers managed by Original Theatre. There is an extensive process to the reading before creating the longlist of 25.

The longlist will be considered in full by a further panel, including Artistic Director of Original Theatre, who will shortlist 10 for consideration by the Judges.

The Judges will award the Originals Playwriting Award 2022 to one winning play, and three will be awarded the Originals Playwriting Award 2022 – runner-up.




Published on:
25 Apr 2022
Opportunity deadline:
09 May 2022


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