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Bruntwood Prize appoints Scott and Bailey stars as first ambassadors

Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones
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Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp have become the first ambassadors of new writing award the Bruntwood Prize.

The performers, who star in ITV drama Scott and Bailey, will help raise awareness of the prize and open up conversations about how the award can nurture new playwrights.

The biennial prize, now in its sixth year, is currently open for submissions, with the 2017 winners being announced in November.

Writers are asked to submit an unperformed play to be in with a chance of winning a share of the £40,000 prize fund.

On becoming an ambassador, Sharp said: “The Bruntwood Prize is renowned for discovering writers that have urgent, exhilarating and unique voices. Voices that would perhaps not be heard, plays that would not be seen if it wasn’t for the prize. Writers that shape and change theatre, that ask us questions about our world, that offer us insights and perceptions we are thrilled and unnerved and entertained by.

“I am delighted to be part of the Bruntwood Prize family. Now more than ever, we need our lives, our society, our world to be documented, to be understood. We need great writers.”

Jones added: “I’m thrilled to be involved with Bruntwood again and honoured to be an ambassador. I have great relationships with two of the writers from the year I was on the panel and I’m always looking to support new talent in our industry. We make stories come to life, but we need the people who write them to be nurtured first.”

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