Andrew Thompson wins Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2016
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.