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Writing award set up to honour playwright Kevin Elyot

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A new writing award is to be set up in the name of actor and playwright Kevin Elyot, who died in 2014.

The writer, whose plays include My Night With Reg and Mouth to Mouth, is the inspiration for a new Bristol-based scheme launched to nurture promising playwrights.

The Kevin Elyot Award will enable one playwright to become a resident at the University of Bristol’s theatre collection, which houses Elyot’s archive. The winning writer will receive £3,000 to fund a four-week residency, during which they will be supported to begin creating a new work inspired by the archive.

The award will run annually during the summer, and has been funded by an endowment given to the university – where Elyot studied – by his family.

Jo Elsworth, director of the theatre collection, said she hoped the award would enable a new generation of writers to find creative inspiration from Elyot’s work, “so that the spirit of Kevin’s life and work will live on”.

“On a more personal level, we also hope that this award will make a tangible difference to the award winner and help them develop their own career in writing,” she added.

The award will be judged by a panel including actor Lindsay Duncan and playwright Catherine Johnson, alongside members of the university’s theatre department.