Phoebe Eclair-Powell has been named the overall winner of the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for playwriting.
Her script Shed: Exploded View spans 30 years and follows three couples navigating family life and loss, through a series of non-linear short scenes.
It was described by the judging panel as “gut-wrenchingly moving, stark in its violence and thrilling in its narrative quickness”.
“The observation of the human condition is beautiful, vivid and profound. It is a staggeringly ambitious piece of work,” the panel said.
Eclair-Powell will receive £16,000 and the opportunity to work with the creative team at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre to develop the script.
Her previous plays include Fury, which won the Soho Young Writer’s Award, and Wink.
Michael John O’Neill won the debut writer’s category for his script Akedah, and Stuart Slade was awarded the judges award for Glee and Me.
The international award was won by Kimber Lee’s F*ck Miss S*aigon (Srsly This is Not The Title).
They each receive £8,000 and their scripts will be developed by the Royal Exchange Theatre.
The judges also commended Tambo and Bones by Dave Harris and BallyBaile by Jody O’Neill, awarding them £4000 each.
The winning plays were judged from a shortlist of 15 established, emerging and debut playwrights.
Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, playwright Anna Jordan, critic and journalist Bridget Minamore, Graeae artistic director Jenny Sealey and Bruntwood company founder Michael Oglesby were included on this years judging panel.
The Bruntwood Prize is Europe’s biggest competition for playwriting.
Bryony Shanahan, joint artistic director at the Royal Exchange Theatre and judge, said: “This year’s Bruntwood shortlist was exceptional, the plays continually surprised us as judges both in subject matter and in form; they felt alive, contemporary and kept us debating for hours.
She described Eclair-Powell’s play as “a beautifully crafted piece of brave, bold and aspirational writing”.