Sami Ibrahim is first winner of UK political playwriting prize
Sami Ibrahim has been announced as the inaugural winner of the UK’s first major political playwriting prize.
The Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award was launched last year in partnership with the Young Vic in London, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre and the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.
Ibrahim was announced as the winner for his play Two Palestinians Go Dogging, which explores the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ibrahim said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to win Theatre Uncut’s inaugural playwriting award.
“It’s a fantastic platform and I’m really excited that this piece now has such a great chance to be heard. I can’t thank Theatre Uncut and its partners enough for the honour.”
The play will be co-produced by Theatre Uncut and the Royal Court in London as part of the venue’s next season, with further details to be announced. Ibrahim will also receive £9,500 in prize money.
Other finalists for the inaugural prize include Max Wilkinson, Naomi Westerman, JD Stewart, Emilie Robson, Nana-Kofi Kufuor, Nathan Powell and Lisa Parry.
The prize was judged by Theatre Uncut artistic directors Hannah Price and Emma Callander, as well as Lyric Hammersmith artistic director Rachel O’Riordan, Young Vic associate director Nadia Latif and Traverse Theatre interim director Gareth Nicholls.
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