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Shortlist announced for 2019 James Tait Black Prize for Drama

Richard III Redux [or] Sara Beer [is/not] Richard III by Kaite O'Reilly with Phillip Zarrilli, Dance Nation by Clare Barron and Slave Play by Jeremy O Harris have been nominated for this year's James Tait Black Prize for Drama
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Plays by Clare Barron, Kaite O’Reilly and Jeremy O Harris have been nominated for this year’s James Tait Black Prize for Drama.

The £10,000 award is run by the University of Edinburgh and is the drama branch of the UK’s longest running literary awards the James Tait Black Prizes.

Barron’s Dance Nation, which ran at the Almeida and was also a recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, is nominated alongside Richard III Redux [or] Sara Beer [is/not] Richard III, by O’Reilly with Phillip B Zarrilli, which ran at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.

Jeremy O Harris’ Slave Play, which was produced in the US by the New York Theatre Workshop, completes the 2019 shortlist.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre on August 19.

The James Tait Black Prize for Drama was launched in 2012 when the historic awards extended to include a theatre category.

Previous winners include Tanika Gupta’s Lions and Tigers, David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue and Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen.

Tanika Gupta wins £10,000 James Tait Black drama prize 2018

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