The Phil Fox Award for Playwriting- OPEN

In celebration of Outside Edge Theatre Company’s 20th Anniversary, Artistic Director Matt Steinberg announced an exciting new initiative in honour of OETC’s founder: the Phil Fox Award for Playwriting. The Award invites playwrights with any level of experience from across the UK to submit full-length scripts about issues related to addiction.

The competition winner will receive a £6,000 commission from OETC to continue developing the winning script or to develop a new script about issues related to addiction. They will also receive mentoring from multi-award winning playwright Enda Walsh, who chairs the judging panel.


  • Submitted full-length plays from UK residents must be original, unproduced and about issues related to addiction.
  • Playwrights will need to clearly articulate how their scripts relate to these issues, which is not limited to substance misuse or alcohol abuse, but also includes subject matter involving non-chemical addictions, such as social media or sex addiction.
  • Plays may also explore the social or structural determinants that contribute to addiction, such as access to services or the supply chain of an addictive product. The characters do not need to be addicts; for example, plays about people directly affected by another person’s addiction, such as family members of addicts, will also be accepted.

Judges for this year’s award include:
Enda Walsh (Tony Award-winning playwright)
Simon Stephens (Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright)
Barbara Broccoli OBE (James Bond films and West End & Broadway theatre producer)
Indhu Rubasingham (Artistic Director of the Kiln Theatre)
Denise Gough (Olivier Award-winning actress)
Matt Applewhite (Nick Hern Books Managing Director & Commissioning Editor)
Sonya Hale (OETC Associate Theatre Facilitator and Synergy Theatre Project & Heretic Voices award-winning playwright)
Matt Steinberg (OETC Artistic Director)

This year’s competition will open for entries from March 16th to June 16th with a winner announced in early November.

Published on:
28 Apr 2020


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