The winners of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018 were announced yesterday (18 November), with NHB author Natasha Gordon named Most Promising Playwright for her play Nine Night.
A touching and very funny exploration of the rituals of family, Nine Night unfolds over the course of a traditional Jamaican Nine Night wake. It premiered at the National Theatre in April 2018 and transfers to Trafalgar Studios in December, making Natasha the first female black British playwright to have a play staged in the West End.
You can see the full list of winners here.
NHB author Andrew Thompson has won Best Writer at the The Stage Debut Awards, for his play In Event of Moone Disaster.
Winner of the 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award, In Event of Moone Disaster premiered at Theatre503, London, in 2017. This poignant and quirkily funny play tracks the adventures of three extraordinary women spanning 80 years, against the backdrop of humanity’s journey into space.
Also nominated for Best Writer were NHB authors Georgia Christou for Yous Two, Natasha Gordon for Nine Night and Joe White for Mayfly.
The Stage Debut Awards celebrate emerging theatre talent from across the UK, and were presented for a second year at a ceremony in central London on 23 September 2018. To take a look at the full list of winners, visit The Stage.
Our annual Edinburgh Fringe Report is out now and available here. This year, four intrepid amateur companies performing plays licensed by Nick Hern Books tell us what led to their choice of plays and what they’re hoping to get out of the Fringe.
The productions featured in this year's Fringe Report are: Jumpers for Goalposts by Tom Wells, performed by Kite in the Storm Theatre; Freak by Anna Jordan, performed by Bullet Theatre, How My Light Is Spent by Alan Harris, presented by Aaron Kilercioglu; and Antigone by Sophocles, adapted by Owen McCafferty, performed by Amplify Time Productions.
Thank you to those companies for their contribution, and to all the other companies who are performing Nick Hern Books plays at the Fringe this year!
We're delighted to announce Amateur Theatre Fest: an exciting, brand-new, full-day event of workshops, talks and performances.
On Saturday 8 September 2018, join hundreds of other passionate amateur theatre-makers at The Questors Theatre, Ealing, West London, for a day-long programme that gives you the opportunity to:
- ENJOY a celebration of the UK’s incredible amateur theatre scene, and a chance to network with hundreds of fellow theatre-makers
- LEARN skills for your own productions, with expert workshops on design, auditions, directing, singing, stage combat, voice, performing Shakespeare, marketing and more
For full information about the day, visit the Amateur Theatre Fest website.
Tickets to Amateur Theatre Fest go on sale at 12 noon on Tuesday 8 May. They'll initially be available at a special, time-limited Early Bird rate of £25 for individuals and £100 for groups of five. So spread the word, round up some friends, and come along to what promises to be a brilliant day.
Places at Amateur Theatre Fest are strictly limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
Here at Nick Hern Books we're proud to work with so many talented and ambitious amateur theatre companies who license and perform the brilliant plays we publish. And as we celebrate our thirtieth anniversary in 2018, we can't wait to meet and celebrate with lots of you on 8 September. See you there!
We are proud and excited to announce the launch of two brand new plays in the Platform series by Tonic Theatre:
The Glove Thief by Beth Flintoff
Red by Somalia Seaton
Developed in partnership between Tonic Theatre and Nick Hern Books, Platform aims to address the underrepresentation of women on stage by increasing the opportunities for girls and young women. Tonic’s research has shown that 75% of youth-theatre groups describe their membership as having more girls than boys, or being entirely female. Despite this, youth-theatre leaders say they struggle to find scripts with enough female roles to accommodate them.
Platform seeks to address this mismatch by offering new, big-cast plays, specifically for young people, with predominantly or all-female casts. They’re scripts that put young women at the heart of the action, and are full of rich, complex characters they’ll love to play. The first three plays in the series were launched in 2015 and have seen productions around the world, offering exciting new opportunities to hundreds of young women (and young men!).
We’re excited to announce that the two new Platform plays are available to buy and perform from 9 November 2017. We are offering to send up to three titles to you on approval for 30 days, so you can have a read before you commit.
We hope you enjoy reading and staging these excellent plays!
Tamara & Marcelo
Performing Rights Team
Our annual Edinburgh Fringe Report is out now and available here. This year, four intrepid amateur companies performing plays licensed by Nick Hern Books report back on how things went at the Edinburgh Fringe, and offer their Top Tips for any companies wanting to take on the Fringe in future years.
The productions featured in this year's Fringe Report are: Aquila (Eagle House School, Berkshire, and Cargilfield School, Edinburgh) performing Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book; Gritty Theatre performing Tom Wells' About a Goth; The Theatre School, Tunbridge Wells, performing Girls Like That by Evan Placey; and Saughtonhall Drama Group, Edinburgh, performing Amanda Whittington's Ladies' Day.
Thank you to those companies for their contribution, and to all the other companies (fifteen of you in all) who performed Nick Hern Books' plays at the Fringe this year!