Jermyn Street Theatre- The Woven Voices Prize

An open invitation to all migrant writers in the UK and Ireland to share outstanding new work for the stage. The competition is open to those who primarily live and work in the UK or Ireland, who identify as a migrant

The aim of the prize is to celebrate and platform migrant writers, an underrepresented demographic on UK theatre stages. Around 14% of the UK population and 37% of London’s population were born outside the UK. The Woven Voices Prize celebrates this rich source of creativity. It is a proclamation of a global, multicultural Britain and Ireland, and it opposes the ‘Little England’ mentality of isolationism.

Your play might be personal, political, funny, or serious. It might be set in the UK and Ireland or abroad. It might be set today or a thousand years in the past. It does not have to be about migrants or migration.

The winning writer will receive £2500. Their script will be produced by Jermyn Street Theatre for a run of at least one week in July as part of their Footprints Festival. It will be directed by Carne Deputy Director Ebenezer Bamgboye. The writer will receive a royalty of 8% of the net box office. Up to three runner-up playwrights will receive dramaturgical support, will be named and featured publicly as runners-up, and be offered public readings of their plays at Jermyn Street Theatre.

The script must be written primarily in English, and accessible to an English-speaking audience. Where the script incorporates other languages, translations should be provided for the reader. They recognise that English is a language that takes many forms, variants and dialects. They also recognise that English proficiency can be a barrier to those writing in English for whom this may not be their first language, and the judging process will take account of this and seek not to discriminate on this basis.

Find out more on the Write A Play website

Deadline: 28 January 2022

Source: Write A Play 

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