Get our free email newsletter with just one click

Andrew Thompson wins Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2016

Andrew Thompson, who has won the 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2016
by -

Andrew Thompson has won the 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award with a piece about female astronauts.

The part-time NHS administrator will now have his play In Event of Moone Disaster produced at the Battersea-based theatre, and has received £6,000 in prize money.

Theatre503 artistic director Lisa Spirling hailed the play as an “astonishing” piece of work.

“It transports us to the moon and back, covering 90 years of sexual politics and space exploration through the story of three generations of women,” she said.

She continued: “The play’s ambition is vast, and the universal story at its heart is exquisite. Connecting to all that Theatre503 does as a tiny theatre with an international reach, we are thrilled to be introducing this extraordinary writer to the world.”

Thompson’s play fought off four other plays by writers Alison Carr, Tearrance Chisholm, Annie Jenkins and Ed Jones.

More than 1,600 plays were submitted for the prize from 52 countries around the world.

It was judged by industry experts including critic Henry Hitchings, journalist Mark Lawson, and playwrights David Greig, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Roy Williams and Charlotte Keatley.

Spirling also announced a number of productions for the theatre’s upcoming spring season, including new plays by Michael McLean, Sonya Hale, John Stanley and Titus Halder.

We need your help…

When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.

The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.

We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.

Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.