The nominees for this year's UK Theatre Awards were announced today (15 September), with Tom Wells' play Folk leading the NHB nominees.
Folk is shortlisted for Best New Play. A hilarious and not-so-holy story of hope, coming together and finding your feet when your world is turned upside down, Tom Wells' surprising and poignant drama was co-produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre, and described by The Stage as 'a play of empathy, generosity and hope'. Tom's last play, Jumpers for Goalposts, was nominated for the same award in 2013.
Also nominated this year is Wit by Margaret Edson, which receives nods for Best Director (Raz Shaw) and Best Performance In A Play (Julie Hesmondhalgh). A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1999, it was revived earlier this year at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. There's also recognition for And Then Comes the Nightjars by Bea Roberts, which is nominated for Best Design (Max Dorey and Sally Ferguson). The play toured the UK following its premiere at Theatre503, London.
Established in 2011, the UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide Awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Previous NHB-published winners include Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton (Best Touring Production, 2012) and Bull by Mike Bartlett (Best New Play, 2013). This year's winners will be announced at a ceremony at Guildhall, London, on Sunday 9 October.
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Growth is a painful comedy about growing up and manning up, by Bruntwood Prize-winning playwright Luke Norris. Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off. He's successfully ignored his lump for two years but it's starting to get in the way – cramping his style and, worse, affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made... it's a real ball ache. Now on at Paines Plough's pop-up Roundabout venue at Sumemerhall, Growth will embark on a UK tour following its run at the Fringe.
Inspired by recent UK cases of 'gender fraud'. Scorch by Stacey Gregg is a touching and provocative story of first love though the eyes of a gender-curious teen. Presented by Prime Cut Productions, Scorch is on at Paines Plough's pop-up Roundabout venue. It won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play following its premiere at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival in Belfast last year. Following its Edinburgh run, Scorch will move to Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, before an Irish tour.
Established in 1973, the Scotsman’s Fringe Firsts are the longest-running theatre prizes at the Edinburgh Festival, and are awarded to outstanding new writing premiered at the Fringe.
Fleabag, the hit BBC Three comedy series by NHB author Phoebe Waller-Bridge - adapted from her mutli-award-winning play of the same name - is to be repeated on BBC Two, starting 21 August at 10pm.
First accessible online from BBC Three in mid-July, Fleabag has received critical acclaim, with the Evening Standard declaring it 'the cult hit of the summer', and the Telegraph describing it as 'a gloriously rude update of Bridget Jones's Diary' in their five star review. Following its online success, the show will be repeated on TV, airing weekly on Sundays at 10pm from 21 August.
Fleabag began life as a multi-award-winning, one-woman play, written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013, where it won a Fringe First, and went on to scoop prizes at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and Off-West End Awards, as well as being nominated for an Olivier Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The script for Fleabag is published by NHB.
Fleabag isn't the only NHB play heading to BBC Two - earlier this year it was announced that Mike Bartlett's West End and Broadway hit King Charles III is to be made into a ninety-minute TV film, to be broadcast on the channel.
Before he was a collaborator on monster hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, brilliant NHB author Jack Thorne had already made a name for himself as a writer of unflinching, compassionate and often challenging plays.
And so to celebrate Jack's success and the launch of the Cursed Child script on Sunday 31 July, we're offering you the chance to get 50% off all of Jack Thorne's earlier plays until 11:59pm, Monday 1 August, in our Magical Jack Thorne Sale.
Click here for more info.
Matt Grinter's play Orca has been named as the winner of the 2016 Papatango New Writing Prize.
The incisive, unflinching drama beat more than 1000 other entries to scoop the Prize. Matt wins a full production at Southwark Playhouse (tickets on sale here), publication by Nick Hern Books, and a £6000 commission for a second play.
Orca is the sixth Papatango Prize-winning play to be published by NHB, following in the footsteps of:
- 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
The Prize will re-open for entries in early 2017.
Leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books are to publish a whopping nine plays at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, which runs 5-29 August.
An unmissable mix of comedies and dramas, monologues and not-monologues, they explore a panoply of today's issues – including modern love and relationships, testicular cancer, censorship, gender and much, much more. Together, they're a selection of some of the very best new wriitng that the Fringe has to offer.
See more about the plays here – and get 25% off the scripts by using code NHBFRINGE16 at checkout until 29 August.
Mike Bartlett's acclaimed Hampstead Theatre play Wild is to be streamed worldwide for free and live on its final night, Saturday 23 July, starting at 7.30pm.
Presented in association with The Guardian, the live-stream will be available via the Hampstead Theatre website. It will then be available for free and on-demand afterwards until 11.59pm on Tuesday, 26 July.
Darkly comic drama Wild explores the unexpected, bewildering, and life-changing consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level. As the State grows more powerful because of technology, and technology grows more powerful because of the State, where do the self-appointed protectors of the rights of the citizen stand? Heroes? Or traitors?
Mike Bartlett is no stranger to the screen - his BBC One series Doctor Foster won two prizes at the National Television Awards 2016, including Best New Drama, and his West End and Broadway hit King Charles III is to be adapted for BBC Two.
Praise for Wild
Leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books are to publish a new book by acclaimed actress Harriet Walter, which shares insights and advice gleaned from her vast experience of performing some of Shakespeare's most famous roles - both male and female.
Due for release on 27 October, Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women is an invaluable guide for actors taking on the parts themselves, an important contribution to the ongoing debate surrounding gender equality in the arts, and a brilliant, intimate celebration of Shakespeare's plays.
It is published as Harriet Walter appears in the Donmar Warehouse’s Shakespeare Trilogy, reprising her acclaimed performances as Brutus in Julius Caesar and in the title role in Henry IV in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female productions, as well as taking on the role of Prospero in The Tempest.
The Shakespeare Trilogy runs 23 September–17 December 2016, in a specially-built temporary theatre in King’s Cross, London. For more information, visit the Donmar website here.
debbie tucker green's engrossing drama hang has been shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2016.
A shattering play about one woman’s unspeakable decision, hang was described by the Evening Standard as 'a stark 60 minutes of staccato poetry', and praised by The Stage as 'a taut, measured piece about the nature of justice and revenge'. It premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2015, in a production directed by the author, and featuring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Claire Rushbrook and Shane Zaza.
Also on the shortlist are People, Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan, and Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen. This year’s winner will be announced at a ceremony at 5pm on Monday, 22 August in the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. To see more about the ceremony, and to book tickets, click here.