Vicky Jones wins Verity Bargate award 2013

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Vicky Jones has been named the winner of the 2013 Verity Bargate award, which is given biennially to an emerging writer.

She has been selected out of around 800 entries for her debut play, The One, and has been presented with a £5,000 prize that will be used to produce the show at the Soho Theatre in London.

The production will be directed by artistic director Steve Marmion and will run from February 20 to March 30, 2014.

Jones is co-artistic director of Dry Write, which is an associate theatre company at the London venue.

At a showcase event at the theatre this evening the five other shortlisted playwrights - Daniel Alicandro, Clara Brennan, James Fritz, Iain Weatherby and Kicking K - as well as Thomas Pickles who was highly commended, all had extracts of their plays performed.

Marmion said: “The Verity Bargate award is an incredible snapshot of the new writing scene – this year we received a bumper crop of great new plays, from some exciting voices. The overall winner Vicky Jones has written a play with a unique voice. The award is a call to arms and our workshops cater for writers of all abilities and stages of their career. It’s fantastic that Vicky has made a step from directing to writing and we’re thrilled to have discovered this exciting playwright.”

He added: “We are having an incredible year with new plays. Fleabag from our associate company Dry Write, which was also developed at Soho, won so many accolades and was so well received in Edinburgh, matched when it returned here in September. But nurturing talent isn’t just limited to theatre. Bridget Christie is another artist we have been working with for a long time, this year she won the Foster’s award for best show, only the third woman to ever have been given the accolade.”

The venue also announced its new resident writers as Luke Barnes, Charlotte Josephine, Rita Kalnejais, sketch comedy duo Max and Ivan, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Tim Price.

Known as the Soho Six, they will take up their residency for a six-month period to produce a new play to be staged at the venue.

Meanwhile, emerging writer Gemma Copping has been named the winner of this year’s Soho young writers’ award for playwrights aged 16 to 26. Her work, In Your Image, was staged earlier this month at a Soho Theatre showcase event.

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