Stewart Pringle named Papatango New Writing Prize winner

Stewart Pringle. Photo: Alex Brenner
Stewart Pringle. Photo: Alex Brenner
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Stewart Pringle has won the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize for his play Trestle.

In celebration of the company's 10th anniversary, Papatango has also launched a series of new initiatives to support emerging playwrights.

Pringle's play, which was chosen anonymously from more than 1,000 entries, will have its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse in London in November, and will be published by Nick Hern Books.

Pringle, associate dramaturg at the Bush Theatre and former artistic director of London's Old Red Lion, said: "I'm over the bloody moon to have won the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize. It's an award with a tremendous heritage in the UK new writing scene, and the chance to have this play staged by such a fantastic team is beyond brilliant."

Papatango has also announced Dare Aiyegbayo as its 2017 resident playwright. She receives a £2,000 seed commission, mentoring and R&D resources to create a new play.

New initiatives include the launch of a new participation and engagement arm, GoWrite, which will provide free activities such as state-school writing workshops in London and Liverpool and programmes for adults in London, Luton and Bedford.

A bursary pot of £5,000 will enable writers without professional training or experience to participate.

Papatango artistic director George Turvey and producer Chris Foxon have also announced a new book entitled Being a Playwright: A Career Guide for Writers, to be published in 2018.

They said: "We are delighted to launch Papatango's 10th anniversary with an exciting, and in some cases unprecedented, array of projects championing original playwriting.

"It is truly our biggest and most ambitious programme yet, with playwriting at its heart. Over the past 10 years, the company has been built from nothing by supporting unknown writers. What has sustained Papatango throughout is the belief that brilliant new playwrights are out there, waiting for opportunities."

Also part of its 10th-anniversary programme will be a tour of Sam Potter’s Hanna, 2018. A former Papatango resident playwright, Potter’s play will be the first from Papatango to tour when it visits locations including Cardiff, Cheltenham, London and Oxford from January.