Finalists revealed for £8k Out of Joint playwright award

Oliver Bennett in Belarus Free Theatre's Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion in 2016. The actor is one of the finalists of the Writers in Theatre Award. Photo: Marilyn Kingwill
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Out of Joint theatre company has announced the five finalists for its £8,000 playwriting award.

More than 200 candidates submitted plays for the inaugural Writers in Theatre Award, which offers a development relationship with Out of Joint and a workshop, as well as the £8,000 commission.

The shortlisted entrants are actor Oliver Bennett, front of house assistant Marek Horn, former literary agent Daniel Nixon, freelance theatre practitioner and audio producer Bethany Sharp and Graeae theatre company’s literary manager Chloe Todd Fordham.

Candidates were required to have worked in the theatre industry for at least two years, and asked to submit a full-length stage play alongside a statement about their writing ambitions.

Each of the five shortlisted plays will be considered by a judging panel, which includes playwrights Mark Ravenhill and Winsome Pinnock, theatre publisher Nick Hern and Out of Joint artistic director Max Stafford-Clark.

Their remit is to look for "a play of substance, which contributes to our understanding of an aspect of the human condition or experience, from a writer with the capacity to enhance our political or social awareness”.

The competition is being managed by Out of Joint on behalf of the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust.

The winner will be announced at a reception on May 25.

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