Abigail Andjel has won a new £8,000 playwriting award for writers working in front-of-house, backstage, administrative and creative roles in theatre.
The ETPEP Award 2019 award is run by the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust, a charity that encourages emerging playwrights, in association with fringe theatre the Finborough in London.
Andjel’s winning play Fence will receive a staged reading as part of Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights at the venue on June 30.
The play, which tells the story of a 15-year-old boy with autism and his mother, will be directed by Liz Carruthers.
Andjel trained as an actor at Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre and has worked in venues including the Old Vic and the Arcola Theatre in London and the Public Theater in New York.
The ETPEP Award 2019 aims to nurture a playwright who has worked in theatre for two or more years “who is looking to further their ambitions and skill in the art and craft of playwriting”.
Judges for the ETPEP Award 2019 include playwright Winsome Pinnock, artistic director of the Finborough Theatre Neil McPherson and actor and playwright Athena Stevens.