We’re proud for Nick Hern to have been our publishing partner for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting since its inception back in 2005, having published over a dozen overall and Judges’ Award-winners in that time.
The writers recognised by the Bruntwood Prize have gone on to establish themselves as some of today’s most exciting and renowned playwrights, and having their scripts published and licensed for performance by NHB has given their plays a continued life both on the page and on stage, with subsequent professional and amateur performances around the world.
untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play by Kimber Lee
Paperback £8.79/Ebook £8.79
On Stage at:
Royal Exchange, Manchester from Sat 24 Jun 2023 to Sat 22 Jul 2023
Young Vic, London from Mon 18 Sep 2023 to Sat 4 Nov 2023
Kim is having one of those days. A terrible, very bad, no-good kind of day, and the worst part is… it all feels so familiar. Caught up in a never-ending cycle of events, she looks for the exit but the harder she tries, the worse it gets and she begins to wonder: who’s writing this story?
She makes a break for it, smashing through a hundred years of bloody narratives that all end the same way. Can she find a way out before it’s too late?
With breathless hilarity, Kimber Lee’s untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play jumps through time, wriggling inside of and then exploding lifetimes of repeating Asian stereotypes, wrestling with history for the right to control your own narrative in a world that thinks it can tell you who you are.
Winner of the International Award for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2019, the play was co-produced in 2023 by the Royal Exchange, Factory International for Manchester International Festival, the Young Vic Theatre and Headlong, and directed by Roy Alexander Weise. It was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, as part of Manchester International Festival, before transferring to the Young Vic Theatre, London.
Tambo & Bones
By Dave Harris
Paperback £8.79/Ebook £8.79
On Stage at: Theatre Royal Stratford East
From Fri 16 Jun 2023 to Sat 15 Jul 2023
Tambo and Bones are stuck in a minstrel show. It’s hard to know what’s real when you’re stuck in a minstrel show. Their escape plan: get out, get rich, get even.
A daring theatrical exploration of the intersection of race, capitalism and performance, Dave Harris’s play Tambo & Bones laughs through our past, blows the roof off our present, and imagines an explosive future for our world and for theatre.
Tambo & Bones was commended in the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and was first performed in a co-production between Playwrights Horizons, New York City, and Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, in 2022. It was first produced in the UK in 2023 by Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, and Actors Touring Company, directed by Matthew Xia.