King’s Head reveals Thomas Pickles as first Adrian Pagan playwright award winner

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The King’s Head Theatre in London has named Thomas Pickles as the inaugural winner of its Adrian Pagan Playwright Award, given for a new play by a theatre professional who does not describe themselves as a playwright.

The fringe theatre created the prize in memory of stage manager turned playwright Adrian Pagan and is be presented to professionals including actors, directors and ushers.

Pickles has won for his piece Dead Party Animals, described as a “wildly poetic, atmospheric and vivid story of polo tops, lip gloss, free shots and slutdrops”.

He trained at Rose Bruford College in London as an actor and will now see his play produced at the King’s Head Theatre’s new writing venue, the Hope Theatre, in May 2014. Pickles will also receive a £2,000 prize, donated by the mother of the playwright whom the award is named after.

A shortlist of five plays was judged by a panel including Young Vic artistic director David Lan, playwright Mark Ravenhill and director Mike Bradwell.