Submissions window open 20 Nov – 20 Dec
Winner announced in 2020 as part of Soho Theatre’s 20th Anniversary year on Dean Street
Judges including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Arinze Kene, Lolita Chakrabarti and Laura Wade
Soho Theatre and Character 7, producer of The Night Manager, are looking for extraordinary plays from extraordinary new voices. The Verity Bargate Award is Soho Theatre’s flagship new-writing award with the winning play produced in a full production on our stages.
For almost 50 years, Soho Theatre has championed new writing. Since 1982, the Verity Bargate Award, Soho Theatre’s playwriting award, has uncovered the best new and emerging writers. It has launched the careers of some of Britain’s most established playwrights and screenwriters including Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies), Vicky Jones (Touch at Soho Theatre), Toby Whithouse (Doctor Who) and many, many more.
The winner receives £7,500 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play.
- The Verity Bargate Award is open to any playwright who has had fewer than three professional productions and who lives in the UK or Ireland.
- There are no restrictions on subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text that is submitted.
- Applicants must submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (no shorter than 60 minutes).
Soho Theatre is presenting a series of workshops and information sessions at Soho Theatre and around the UK and Ireland for emerging writers interested in entering the competition.