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The Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award

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THEATRE UNCUT POLITICAL PLAYWRITING AWARD

In partnership with the Young Vic, Traverse Theatre and Sherman Theatre. Finding the next generation of political playwrights that want to explore the big issues that affect our lives today.

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Submissions for the inaugural Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award are now open. We can't wait to start reading your plays. 

All the details you need to apply should be on this page. If you have any further questions please email info@theatreuncut.com (please note award questions sent to any other Theatre Uncut email address will not be answered to protect writer anonymity within the process).


The Award

The writer of the winning play will receive an award of £9,500.

Submissions are open from midnight 1st September 2018 and close midnight 1st November 2018.

A longlist of 30 play will be read by Theatre Uncut Artistic Directors Hannah Price and Emma Callander. A shortlist of 10 plays will then be read by a panel made up of judges from our partner venues. We are delighted that Kwame Kwei Armah (Young Vic), Rachel O'Riordan (Sherman Theatre) and Gareth Nicholls (Traverse Theatre) as well as the Theatre Uncut team will be reading the final ten submissions. The winner judged by the panel of the above with invited guests (to be announced soon).

  • The winner of the award will receive £9,5000. By accepting the award the playwright will agree to exclusively option the play to Theatre Uncut, the Young Vic, the Traverse Theatre and the Sherman Theatre for a period of 18 months from the date of the award announcement There is no guarantee of production.
  • All partners have the right to opt in or opt out of any potential production. 
  • By submitting your play you are will be stating that you understand and accept all of these terms. 

Theatre, and the plays staged within them, has always provided a platform to say something about the world that we live in. The announcement of this new political playwright award by Theatre Uncut is a way for the next generation of playwrights to continue that tradition and I can’t wait to hear their voices
— Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director, Young Vic

Criteria

  • The Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award is open to writers based in the UK only 
  • There is no age restriction
  • There is no minimum level of experience
  • We are looking for original stories, not adaptation or translation
  • We welcome musicals or plays with music at their heart
  • This award is for plays longer than 60 minutes in length, so at least 40 pages or 9,000 words
  • The play must not have received professional public production of any kind (public readings not included) 
  • The play must be written for stage
  • The play should need no more than 6 actors
  • We are looking for new voices that haven’t yet had many opportunities to have their work produced by a professional company or venue so we are are accepting plays from writers who have had no more that two plays presented as professional full production runs (runs longer than 3 weeks) 
  • What do we mean by political? We are looking for plays that ask provocative questions about the individual's relationship with society. Although we are only able to accept submissions from writers living in the UK we will also welcome stories that examine the global perspective.

We are absolutely delighted to announce this new award in partnership with the Young Vic, The Traverse and The Sherman theatres.
— Hannah Price and Emma Callander, Theatre Uncut

Submissions

  • Submissions for the Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award will open at 9am on the 1st September 2018 and close at midnight on 1st November 2018.
  • The email address for submissions is info@theatreuncut.com
  • All scripts will need to be attached to an email in word or PDF format (with pages numbered). 
  • Please give the subject of the email as [PLAY’S TITLE] Playwriting Award Entry. 
  • All scripts will be read anonymously to provide equality throughout the reading process – we will ensure that all readers are not aware of the writer’s name.
  • Please do not include your name or any contact details on the script itself. We ask that you include your contact details in the body of your email (we will ensure that we log all entries so we know whose script is whose). 
  • The writer must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script. It must be available for production and unattached to any other organisation or individual.
  • All submissions will be acknowledged, but Theatre Uncut are only able to provide feedback to the writers of the final shortlist of 10 plays. 
  • Details of all readers will be published on the Theatre Uncut website to provide transparency of process, but we will not be able to provide information on which reader has read particular plays. 
  • A longlist of 30 plays will be read by Co-Artistic Directors of Theatre Uncut Emma Callander and Hannah Price.
  • A final shortlist of 10 plays will be read by Kwame Kwei-Armah (Young Vic), Gareth Nicholls (Traverse Theatre), Rachel O’Riordan (Sherman Theatre).
  • By the time the winning script has been identified it will have been read by at least 8 theatre professionals, from a wide range of backgrounds with a wide range of different perspectives on the world.

FAQs 

Below is a list of common questions about entering a play for the Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award. If your question isn’t answered here, please contact us at info@theatreuncut.com

  • Is my play eligible?

To check that your play is eligible, please read the criteria. If you have a particular question not covered in the criteria, please contact us and we will respond as quickly as possible. 

  • Do I need to write a new piece specifically for the award?

We are looking for original stories, not adaptation or translation. The play must not have received public production of any kind (public readings not included).

  • Do I need to be from the UK?

You don’t have to have been born in the UK, just currently live in the UK.

  • What do we mean by ‘political’? 

We are looking for plays that ask provocative questions about the individual's relationship with society. Although we are only able to accept submissions from writers living in the UK we will also welcome stories that examine the global perspective. We are keen to read submissions from a wide breadth of writers telling us about the world they live in.

  • How long should the play be?

This award is for plays longer than 60 minutes in length, so at least 40 pages or 9,000 words.

  • Does my script have to be in English?

The play must have an English speaking audience in mind, but doesn’t have to be written in English throughout.

  • Are cast sizes taken into consideration?

The play should need no more than 6 actors.

  • How do I send my entry?

To enter the Political Playwrighting Award please email info@theatreuncut.com using [PLAY’S TITLE] Playwriting Award Entry as the subject. Scripts should be attached to the email in Word or PDF format with numbered pages. In order to allow your script to be read anonymously we ask that you do not include any of your contact details on the script. All contact details should only be stated in your email.

  • What should I do if I’ve made a mistake with my entry?

If you’ve uploaded the wrong document or made a mistake in the entry process, please contact us (do not re-send your entry).

  • Will I receive feedback on my submission?

All submissions will be acknowledged, but Theatre Uncut are only able to provide feedback to the writers of the final shortlist of 10 plays.

  • Who will read the plays?

All submissions will be read by a specially selected group of experienced readers. We have worked hard to engage a team of readers from as wide a demographic as possible to support the reading process. Scripts making it onto the longlist will be read by Theatre Uncut Artisitc Directors Hannah Price and Emma Callander. Kwame Kwei Armah (Young Vic), Rachel O'Riordan (Sherman Theatre) and Gareth Nicholls (Traverse Theatre) will make up the judging panel who will choose a winner from the shortlist.

  • If I win will my play be performed?

By accepting the award the playwright will agree to exclusively option the play to Theatre Uncut, the Young Vic, the Traverse Theatre and the Sherman Theatre for a period of 18 months from the date of the award announcement. There is no guarantee of production.

  • When will the winner be announced?

Feb/March 2018.


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