The recipients of the 2018 Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes were announced today (Wednesday 7 March), with NHB authors Lucas Hnath and Suzan-Lori Parks amongst those honoured.
Lucas Hnath was recognised for his 'agile writing [which] ranges across genres and subjects with voracious curiosity; his wit, formal daring and poetic precision crystallize dramas that are socially incisive and indelible.' His plays include The Christians – a remarkable exploration of faith and community in the modern world, which won a Fringe First Award when it had its UK premiere at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 2015 – and A Doll’s House, Part 2, which received eight nominations (including Best Play) at the 2017 Tony Awards.
The prize jury described Suzan Lori-Parks as 'an artist whose ethical imagination confronts rather than consoles; she acknowledges in the fissures of language and human relations the complexities of a fraught world.' Her plays include Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3) – seen in the UK at the Royal Court Theatre in 2016 – and Topdog/Underdog , winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The mission of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes 'is to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns'. Administered by Yale University and first awarded in 2013, they give each recipient an unrestricted grant of $165,000 to support their writing, plus a citation and award. Previous NHB recipients have included Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, debbie tucker green, Helen Edmundson and Sam Holcroft. Find out more at their website.
The winners of the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards were announced last night (25 February), with NHB author Jez Butterworth's mighty drama The Ferryman one of the night's big success stories.
Following its similar recent wins at the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards, The Ferryman duly walked off with the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play, also winning Best Director (Sam Mendes) and Best Supporting Actor in a Play (Fra Fee). First seen at the Royal Court in April 2017, the play - a family epic set in the Northern Ireland during the Troubles - is currently enjoying a twice-extended West End run until May, before transferring to Broadway. Also nominated in the Best New Play category were NHB-published Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Oslo by J. T. Rogers.
Elsewhere, there was also a win for Lucy Kirkwood's dazzlingly ambitious drama Mosquitoes, with Olivia Colman taking home the Best Actress award. A play about family and particle physics, set in Geneva as the Large Hadron Collider starts up in 2008, Mosquitoes premiered at the National Theatre in July 2017.
To see this year's full list of winners, visit the WhatsOnStage website.
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Applications are now open until 22 February. For more information – including the full job description, person specification and how to apply – visit our Jobs page. Thanks, and good luck!
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Acting (But Were Afraid to Ask, Dear), the hilarious first book by West End Producer – social media star, industry columnist and masked man of Theatreland – is now available as an audiobook, read by the author.
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West End Producer's second book, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Going to the Theatre (But Were Too Sloshed to Ask, Dear), is out now.
The winners of the 2018 Writers’ Guild Awards were announced yesterday (Monday 15 January 2018), with three NHB authors amongst those successful.
Lucy Kirkwood won Best Play for her gripping drama The Children, Praised by the Independent as 'a richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work, provoking questions that will continue to nag and expand in your mind', it was first seen at the Royal Court, and currently playing at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York.
The Award for Best Play for Young Audiences was given to How To Be A Kid by Sarah McDonald-Hughes. A touching and funny story of family, friends and fitting in, it was premiered by Paines Plough in their pop-up theatre, Roundabout, in a co-production with Theatr Clywd and the Orange Tree Theatre, transferring to the latter this month.
Finally, the evening also saw Caryl Churchill honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award, in recognition of her illustrious body of work and a career which has spanned over six decades. The award was presented by fellow NHB author Lucy Kirkwood.
The annual Writers Guild Awards have been celebrating the cream of British writing talent since 1961. To see the full list of winners in all categories, visit the Writers Guild website.
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We're delighted to reveal the five plays selected for publication in VAULT Festival 2018 anthology Plays from VAULT 3. They are:
- Tumulus by Christopher Adams
- Glitter Punch by Lucy Burke
- Burkas and Bacon Butties by Shamia Chalabi and Sarah Henley
- Wind Bit Bitter, Bit Bit Bit Her by Sami Ibrahim
- The Strongbox by Stephanie Jacob
The anthology is published on 25 January, and is available to pre-order now.
VAULT Festival is London’s biggest and boldest annual arts festival. The 2018 event runs 24 January - 18 March 2018 at The Vaults, Waterloo, London. There'll be over three hundred new shows, plus new venues, new bars, new food and plenty of surprises – see more on the VAULT Festival website.
The winners of this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards were announced yesterday (Sunday 3 December), with NHB plays and authors triumphing across a range of categories.
The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth was the night's big winner, scooping Best Play, Best Director (Sam Mendes) and the Emerging Talent Award (Tom Glynn-Carney). in this thunderous drama, set in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, in 1981, the Carney family's traditional harvest celebrations are interrupted by the arrival of a visitor, whose shocking news threatens to unravel all they've built. First seen at the Royal Court earlier this year, the play is currently running at the Gielgud Theatre, where it has recently extended until May 2018.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins was honoured with the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright for An Octoroon, his dazzlingly inventive comedy which draws on Dion Boucicault's 1859 original melodrama to explore issues about race and identity in America today. After receiving its European premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, An Octoroon will transfer to the National Theatre in 2018.
Elsewhere, Andrew Garfield is shortlisted for his performance as Prior Walter in the National Theatre's acclaimed revival of Tony Kushner's epic Angels in America. The production will transfer to Broadway in February 2018.
The winners of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 were announced at a ceremony at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, hosted by actor, Fleabag creator/star and NHB author Phoebe Waller-Bridge. To see the full list of winners, visit the Evening Standard website.
The Papatango New Writing Prize 2018 opened for entries today (1 December), with writers able to submit their script until midnight, 28 February 2018.
The winner of the Prize will develop their play with Papatango over several months, building towards a four week production at Southwark Playhouse in autumn 2018. The script will be published by NHB. The writer will receive a royalty of 10% of the gross box office income. Following the production, the writer will be paid a £6000 commission to create a new play with development support from Papatango.
Entries must be full-length, and an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work. For further information, including how to submit, visit the Papatango website.
We're extremely proud to have published seven Papatango Prize-winners to date:
- 2011: Foxfinder by Dawn King
- 2012: Pack by Louise Monaghan
- 2013: Unscorched by Luke Owen
- 2014: Coolatully by Fiona Doyle
- 2015: Tomcat by James Rushbrooke
- 2016: Orca by Matt Grinter
- 2017: Trestle by Stewart Pringle
The very best of luck to all entrants, and we can't wait to see what you come up with!
We're delighted to announce that Nick Hern Books is to publish an anthology of the three winning plays in the inaugural Heretic Voices competition.
The Heretic Voices competition searched for the best new writing in monologue form – the winners, revealed today (28 November) by organisers Heretic Productions, are:
Woman Caught Unaware by Annie Fox – a searing and bleakly funny debut play which examines of the culture of body shaming
Dean McBride by Sonya Hale – a vivid and poetic story of loss and redemption set on a Croydon council estate
A Hundred Words for Snow from Tatty Hennessy – a thrilling and brave exploration of mortality, adolescence and the Arctic
The plays will be produced with leading actors and directors for performances at the Arcola Theatre from 9-13 January 2018, with all three monologues performed each evening.
Max Gill, Artistic Director of Heretic Productions: 'Our three winning plays stood out to the judges for the belief and conviction each writer showed in their own voice. Their writing is original, honest, and surprising and their handling of the monologue form highly sophisticated. Their words sing on the page but crucially the dramatic tension that thrives at the heart of each means they are begging to be performed.
We’re thrilled that the remarkable work of these playwrights will be performed, and published by Nick Hern Books so that audiences can enjoy their work as much as we have.'
Matt Applewhite, Managing Director of Nick Hern Books: 'Writing a monologue is a unique challenge and opportunity: telling a story and holding an audience's attention with only a single performer's voice. We're delighted to collaborate with Heretic Productions in publishing these three fine, now award-winning examples of the form - and giving them a longer life in the future, on the printed page, in the audition room, and in production.'