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NHB playwrights win at Evening Standard Awards

Monday 12 December 2022

Several NHB plays and playwrights featured amongst the award-winners at the 2020 Evening Standard Theatre Awards last night.

Tyrell Williams won the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright for his play Red Pitch, which premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, in February. A coming-of-age drama about three friends from South London dreaming of success on the football pitch, the play has already won the 2022 George Devine Award, with Williams also being named Best Writer at the 2022 Stage Debut Awards. The Evening Standard's theatre critic said the play was 'pacy and exciting... It's still rare to see a play about young, black, working-class youths on our stages: rarer still to see one in which they are celebrated like this'.

Williams beat off stiff competition from two other NHB playwrights: Waleed Akhtar, nominated for The P Word (Bush Theatre); and Igor Memic, nominated for Old Bridge (also at the Bush Theatre).

Other winners included Isobel McArthur, who took the Emerging Talent Award for her performance in her own play, Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), and Jodie Comer, who was named Best Actress for her performance in Suzie Miller's play Prima Facie.

Congratulations to all the winners!

NHB playwrights win at Evening Standard Awards
Books :
  • Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)
  • Prima Facie