Devon-based playwright Lucy Bell has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Kevin Elyot Award.
The award was set up by Elyot’s family in 2016 in memory of the playwright.
Bell will receive £3,000 and a residency at the University of Bristol’s theatre collection, which houses Elyot’s archive.
The award will support Bell to create a new dramatic work inspired by the archive, which was donated to the collection by Elyot’s sister following his death in 2014.
Bell has previously won the Ronald Duncan and Plymouth Fringe awards and is an alumnus of the Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab, with credits including Score, Pulling Out and Laminated.
“I cannot wait to get started. I have an idea to do with the timeless time-sensitivity of women’s lives and am really interested in the ticking bomb in Kevin Elyot’s writing," she said.
“I am obsessed with social history and the minutiae of how people live out their days in different social and political contexts.
"The idea of getting a pass card to University of Bristol’s theatre collection, plus time and space among those texts, is a dream come true.”
Previous winners of the award include Ian McHugh, Jon Berry and Deanna Rodger.
The 2019 recipient, Erdem Avsar, had his residency delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.