Playwright Wilson wins Brian Way Award

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Theatre Centre’s Brian Way Award 2010 has been given to Laurence Wilson for his play Blackberry Trout Face.

The £6,000 prize recognises writers creating work for young audiences. Wilson, formerly Pearson Writer in Residence at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, is currently working on a new play entitled Tiny Volcanoes under commission with Paines Plough Theatre Company.

Blackberry Trout Face was Wilson’s first play for young people. He said he would use the prize money as a commission to write a new play for young people.

Speaking to The Stage, Wilson said: “I feel really buzzing because I want the play to have further life and it’s the play that’s won the award.”

The judges for the Brian Way Award were Isobel Hawson (chair), Bola Agbaje, Darren Hart and Douglas Maxwell. The prize is funded by Theatre Centre and an anonymous charitable donation.

Theatre Centre also presented the Adrienne Benham Award to Paula B Stanic. It aims to support a new generation of writers in creating work for young audiences through a £2,000 commission with Theatre Centre. London-based Theatre Centre produces and tours new writing for young audiences.