The Feminist Gaze by Megan Vaughan
This is the second time I’ve read for Bruntwood. In the two years since the 2015 competition I’ve been struck by images from those…
UPDATED: 17TH JUNE with new reader stats on taking on greater numbers of readers for the record 2019 entries
All plays are submitted anonymously to the Bruntwood Prize and will be read by an expert panel of readers appointed by the Royal Exchange Theatre. There is an extensive five stage process to the reading before creating the shortlist. The readers as a cohort have a broad range of experiences and specialisms to try and give each submitted script the best chance.
The submitted scripts therefore go through a rigorous process to make it to the longlist and shortlist;
As each script proceeds through the phases of reading it is addressed by a diverse team of readers. The Royal Exchange manages the reading process to ensure that each script is seen by readers with different ages, genders, work history, ethnicities and interests. The aim of the Prize is to find great plays in whatever shape or form they appear so the entry criteria are deliberately broad to allow first time writers and more experienced playwrights to be assessed on a level footing. We hope that in carefully administrating the reader demographics we ensure no script is overlooked due to an unconscious bias towards a particular way to tell a story.
Of course, the process is also totally anonymous. Script are submitted under a TITLE only, and if a reader recognises the text they report back to have the work reassigned to another reader. In the later stages- some writers will be contacted by the Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator to temporarily rename the script to further protect the writers anonymity.
Of this years readers, who chose to provided information to us;
The cohort of readers is made up of theatre professionals, skilled in reading scripts. They include directors, designers, dramaturges and literary managers at leading producing theatres, actors, national critics and theatre commentators and previous Bruntwood Prize winners (the only playwrights to read- as they are no longer eligible to enter the Prize)
This year for the first time ever, the readers also include people nominated by our international partners, and members of the Royal Exchange Theatre audience – who were shortlisted for the Peoples Judge award.
We’ll hear more from some of this years readers though-out 2019.
If you still have questions about the reading process, you may find the answer to your query in the Prize Guidelines and FAQ or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org