Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre has launched a new £5,000 online playwriting prize and announced an evening in celebration of writer Jonathan Harvey.
The prize, called Through the Mill, is open to UK writers aged 16 and over.
As well as receiving the cash prize, the winner will also have their play produced by Hope Mill Theatre and receive a mentorship with Harvey.
An Evening With Jonathan Harvey will take place on July 18.
It will include an interview with Harvey hosted by Denise Welch and will feature scenes from his plays including Beautiful Thing, Hushabye Mountain and The Cherry Blossom Tree, and musicals including Dusty – the Dusty Springfield Musical, and the Pet Shop Boys musical Musik.
Performers will include Katherine Kingsley, Frances Barber, Emma Clarke, Gemma Brodrick, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Joshua Asare, Rose Keegan and Danny Lee Wynter.
The evening will also include guest hosts who have worked with Harvey, including Olivia Colman, Meera Syal, Layton Williams, Catherine Tyldesley, Tameka Empson and Maria Friedman.
Tickets will cost £10 with the money raised going towards the prize fund for the playwriting competition.
Hope Mill Theatre artistic director Joseph Houston said: “We are very excited about our second online offering, celebrating Jonathan Harvey and the many incredible scripts that he has written for both stage and screen.
"The line-up of stars that we have is credit to his incredible back catalogue of work."
Houston added: "It has long been a dream of ours to launch a playwriting prize at Hope Mill Theatre.
"Along with the support of Jonathan Harvey, and during our time of closure, we have been able to plan such a prize and we are thrilled to be able to launch it officially."
Harvey said: “I am very flattered the theatre wants to do an evening with me and delighted to be able to help raise some much needed money in a time of such huge crisis for theatres.
"We’ve assembled a top notch group of actors to read from my plays and there’ll be various people popping up who I’ve worked with asking me questions. And there’ll be some singing."