The play, a comedy set in Withernsea, Yorkshire, was described by Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph as 'one of the best new plays I have seen anywhere this year, and I cannot recommend it too highly.' It went on to win the George Devine Award, as well as seeing its author named Most Promising Playwright at the Critics Circle Awards. The play is revived by Hull Truck in November this year.
The other plays shortlisted for the Writers' Guild Award are Grief by Mike Leigh and The Westbridge by Rachel De-lahay. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 14th November at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill.
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Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris's stingingly satirical play about race relations in a Chicago neighbourhood, was named Best Play at the Tony Awards last night (10 June) at the star-studded ceremony at the Beacon Theatre in New York.
The play, which was published by Nick Hern Books alongside its UK premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London in September 2010, has already picked up a plethora of awards including the Critics Circle Award and Olivier Award for Best New Play, and the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.
The Tony Award for Best Musical was awarded to Once, the new musical written by NHB playwright Enda Walsh, which was the runaway success of the night, picking up a total of eight awards. It is now tipped for West End transfer.
Success at the Tony Awards caps a brilliant few weeks for NHB playwrights in the US after Nina Raine's Tribes won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play as well as Best Play at the Drama Desk Awards.
The 2012 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright has been won by Tom Wells for his play The Kitchen Sink, it was announced today (29 May) at the Royal Court Theatre.
The play, which premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, in November 2011, has already won its author the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. The Kitchen Sink was described by Charles Spencer of the Daily Telegraph as 'one of the best new plays I have seen anywhere this year, and I cannot recommend it too highly.'
The George Devine award is an annual award for new writing in theatre. Coming with a prize of £10,000, it is open to any playwright in the UK for an original stage play, which need not have been produced. It was set up in 1966 as a memorial to the life and talent of the founding Artistic Director of the Royal Court, George Devine.
Previous winners of the George Devine Award include Edward Bond, Mike Leigh, Hanif Kureishi, Martin McDonagh, Conor McPherson, Enda Walsh, Gary Mitchell, Richard Bean, Mark O’Rowe, Lucy Prebble, Alexandra Wood and Vivenne Franzmann.
random, debbie tucker green's poetic film about youth violence for Channel 4, adapted from her Royal Court play of the same name, took the Bafta for single drama at the British Academy Television Awards last night. The playscript is published by Nick Hern Books.
The Bafta for Best Drama Series went to The Fades, written by Jack Thorne, who also picked up a Bafta for Best Mini Series for This Is England '88, co-written by Thorne and Shane Meadows. Jack Thorne's plays, including Bunny, 2nd May 1997 and When You Cure Me, are all published by Nick Hern Books.
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