The winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize 2020 was announced today (13 July), with Old Bridge by Igor Memic beating out over 1,500 other entries to be crowned the winner.
Influenced by Memic’s Bosnian heritage, Old Bridge explores the true story of what befell Mostar, his hometown, during the Yugoslavian civil war. The play will be performed for the first time at the Bush Theatre, London, as part of their reopening season post the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also published by NHB at the same time, in our role as Publishing Partner of the Prize.
The other shortlisted plays were: Animal by Jon Bradfield (from a story by Jon Bradfield and Josh Hepple), Exile in North Weezy by Beru Tessema, Playfight by Julia Grogan, and Pushing on Open Doors by Sarah Connors.
See more about the announcement on the Papatango website.
We're delighted to be supporting the Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award, which will be open for submissions from 7 August to 7 October 2020.
Offering a prize of £9,500 for the winner, the Award is open to UK writers who have had no more that two plays presented as professional, full-production runs. Submitted plays must be at least sixty minutes in length, require no more than six actors, original stories (not adaptations or translations), and not have been professionally produced before. Entries will be read anonymously.
For full criteria and information, visit the Theatre Uncut website.
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