The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022 LONGLIST

Firstly- congratulations to everyone who wrote and submitted a script, including those who haven’t made it to the Longlist this year. We have huge respect and admiration for every single writer who has taken the time to tell their story, and who has been brave enough to share their work with us. Since the June 6th entry deadline we’ve been through a rigorous reading process to make it to the Longlist, which we’re delighted to announce below.


Everyone involved in the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting has the utmost respect for playwrights and wholeheartedly appreciate the tenacity and commitment the work demonstrates. Different plays reach different stages in our reading and consideration of the entries, but all of them are subjected to the same criteria and process. Throughout the process, the script remains anonymous. Therefore the intention is that the readers are assessing the submitted script only- not the writer’s identity, career or previous works. You can read more about this here:

For the first time- the Longlist is 130 plays. This extended Longlist reflects the quality and creativity of the 2022 submitted plays, and our desire to offer robust and useful support to playwrights. All the longlisted writers will receive a full script report and ongoing digital marketing support. We will also make introductions to your regional producing theatres, and to directors who read for the Prize wherever possible.

Anonymity remains at the heart of the Prize and we go to great lengths to ensure that the identity of the playwright is not known by anyone who reads the script. Scripts are read by a large and varied panel of readers. It’s vital that anonymity is maintained throughout the judging process. If you see your title below do feel free to celebrate, but please don’t reveal the title of your script until the Oct 24th public shortlist announcement! On this date- the full reading process is complete.

We make this Longlist announcement publicly here to ensure communication is swift and co-ordinated- as many writers chose to enter with anonymised (and sometimes little checked email addresses)


The 2022 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Longlist- alphabetically via script title 


Edith Hazeldine (the) woman
Writer X A Shero’s Journey, Or What Anacaona and Yemayá Taught Me…
Natalie Arn A Submarine For Mice
Jean Medicin A Woman Walks into a Bank
Persephone Winter ALLAH IN THE WALLS
Dusty Raymond Awareness
Who Are We Bars & Birth
XYZ Belly of the Beast
Jack Snipe Bindweed
Al Calavicci Birdie
Wong Kim Art Birthright
Aunty Sceptic Bitter
Dorothy Fletcher Bloody Woman
Sum Thang Bowl EP
Dustpan Jacobs Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz
Egg Bump
Jemima James COCKROACH
High Treason Compositor E
MJ Kelly Cui Bono
Fazia Neem Dirty Dogs
Hause Yorfarver Dirty Mahmood
Jamie Wade Divine Noise
Jennifer Duncan DREAM SCHOOL
Kofi Tetteh Dreaming and Drowning
Estie King Dropped
Alex Wyld Ecstatic Electric
Daragh McCarthy endogenous
Melania Trump Fake Melania
Sweetcorn Frittata First Let Me Ask You Some Questions
Quinoa Cunningham For the Culture
Dorcas Corcha Fort
Arif Friday at the Masjid
CarderBee Funny Farm
Tiger Daughter Pelican Great Mother – Iya Ayaba
A.R. Florizel Hawk-Eye
Mr Morale Healing The Sick
Sanctuarian Helmet with laughter lines
sitsurisit HERE WE ARE HERE
My Dog Sighs How a Sting Tracks, Post-Show Talk
The Synecdoche and the Tyrannosaurus How to be Black
Midnight Blue I’M YOUR ROPE
The Worm from the Labyrinth In One Short Moment
Ishbel Ross incel
Memory Export Island
Isla Stormont Jockstrap
Albert Pursuit King Sonny the First
Homer Simpson Lady Macbeth of the Grayling Ward
Xadrach Lakeland Calypso
Elephant Lavender Hill
ConorTakenQuicklyORIG Leave The Morning to the Morning
The Real Dave Davidson Leeches
Gunnar Little India
Sami Skeeters Manifest Release Machine
Tisiphone Manmade
Fridge Magnettica Meet Me In The Moss
Mary Jordan Milk and Cigarettes
MG McDonnell National Trust
Liam Bell Natural People
Sourmilk Gill Night Terror
Dwight Deblanc No Pink Dicks
Kizzy Smith NOT
Joss Higgins Now You See Me …
Stan Washburn Octopolis
Bee Fox Oil for Burning
JDC Patriot Weather
bobbin rogue comet(s) remnants of a decommissioned star
scraps Russell
Jackie Samuel Takes a Break in Male Dungeon No.5 After A Long But Generally Successful Day of Tours
Lea Tuccini Seesaw
Hyperion Flapchappel Sick Children Karaoke
Nick Miller Smoke and Mirrors
Penguin Snail Bones
Hidden as requested Society of Dogs
Chan Hook Some Of These Plants Are Burnt
sweet plum Some of Us Exist in the Future
safety first Some play about race
Bridget Brewer Some Smart People
Sophia McInnes and Iestyn Thomas STUCK
Gutter in a Glass Sweet Heathens
pale ocean Sweetmeets
Noxy Takeaway
Elijah Moore The Art Of
Lisa Harvey The Assistant
Wednesday Adams The Big Bad
Ari Paradise The Birthday, Engagement, Funeral Party
Jim Irving The Bounds
James Dean The Boyfriend Experience
Bennett Rose The Bris
Gabriel Oak The China Play
Penwortham Peanuts The Cracks
Jack Krick The Devil’s Chaplain
Dahlia Huss The Filleting App
Janine Butcher The Freak
D J Silver The Institute
Kim Derwent The Paragon of Animals
Mary The Pinot Princess
Moussaka The Price of Happiness
Auntie-Jeans The Red Lead
Anonymous The Roving
Charlotte Bronte (not really) THE SAVIOR AND QUEEN OF URUK
Amy Lyon The Seduction of Emma Hamilton
K Harker The Shadow Garden
Serena Darling The Soon Life
Placed Nash The Sun King
Freddie Fish The Thing About Touch
Emerald Oak The Wood The Trees
Bunny Adams The Zap
Kenneth Henry There’s a Good Boy
Frankie Sankey Three
Some Kinda Cowboy Time, Like the Sea
Imogen North True Cry
Gansito You Deserve to Be Here
Brigid very wet
eq261 visions (a reading)
Marsyas Watch Me
Hotstepper WAVES
Nocci Donk Way Back When
Luke We Go Again
Lee Supply Werewolf
Elizabeth Sharp Whilst Life Exists
The Incredible Jessica James WHITE GIRLS GANG
GhostlyWriter WIGHTWATER
The Motorcycle Boy Wild Horses
Henry Portway ZORIC


Next steps

Please remember, if you are in the Longlist your play is also currently up for further reading and discussion for the Shortlist of top fifteen plays. Please don’t throw away your anonymity! We will be in touch with the Shortlist directly via telephone on MONDAY 3RD OCTOBER.

The Judges will receive the Shortlist of 15 plays and will meet on OCTOBER 20TH to deliberate. These shortlisted playwrights will not be announced until OCTOBER 24TH to allow for this last stage of the judging process to take place in total anonymity.

We will be in touch with all longlisted entrants via the email address supplied on submitting your script within 2022. We’ll provide a full script report to support the further life of your play- including responses, feedback and suggested directions and questions for a new draft of your script. These script reports are put together by a new phase of readers, with access to the comments of all previous readers. We’ll also seek to introduce you to any readers who would like to discuss your play further and offer ongoing digital marketing support. For writer based outside of London, we’ll look to introduce you to your regional producing theatres (where this is wanted by you) As the Royal Exchange Theatre is based in Manchester, we will also be in touch to meet any writers based in the North West ourselves.

We do not currently have the capacity to enter into any other correspondence about where your script reached in the reading process. We are unable to give feedback on scripts which did not make it into the Longlist, due to both the high number of entries we receive and our commitment to providing all feedback as a constructive and full newly developed script report to support writers with a next draft, or production.

For more questions, please see the FAQ’s or email



Published on:
30 Sep 2022


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