TOOLKIT SERIES 3- Kendall Feaver on how to fall back in love with writing (an incomplete list)
I wasn’t supposed to write about this topic. Suz Bell (the brilliant Dramaturg at the Royal Exchange) originally asked for an article on turning big…
Following their first UK productions we’ve seen many of the Bruntwood Prize winning plays go on to see international productions all over the world- from Canada, Germany, Sweden and Romania to Turkey, America, France and the Netherlands.
Kendall Feaver’s 2015 Judges Award winning The ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES was her first full length play. It went on to see a Royal Exchange World Premiere in February 2018. A second production of The Almighty Sometimes then opened to some fantastic reviews at the Griffin Theatre, Melbourne. THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES went on to win The Prize for Drama at the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards- announced on Jan 31st 2019.
The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour Australian writing. The awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre on behalf of the Premier of Victoria. The winners of the main suite of awards – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, writing for young adults, and the biennial Prize for Indigenous Writing – each receive $25,000. The winner of the Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript receives $15,000. The winners of the seven award categories go on to contest the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000. This is the single most valuable literary award in Australia.
Playwright Kendall Feaver (a resident in the UK during the 2015 Prize submission period, and thus eligible for the Prize) went on become the Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights at the Belvoir, Australia. The UK production of her winning play also received The UK Theatre Award 2018 and Kendall Feaver, Director Katy Rudd and actor Norah Lopez were all nominated in the 2nd year of The Stage Debut Awards for their work on the Royal Exchange Theatre premiere of The Almighty Sometimes. Katy Rudd won the category of ‘Best Director’.
More recently the play took home two awards at the prestigious 2022 Matilda Awards, presented on February 28, 2023. Queensland Theatre’s powerful adaptation of The Almighty Sometimes was awarded Best Mainstage Production and Best Director for Daniel Evans.