Theatre503 – International Playwriting Award 2023

Theatre503 is once more seeking the best new plays and the most talented early career playwrights in the world. They are the home of new writers and the artists who bring their words to life. They stage the work of more debut writers than any other theatre in the world, and are responsible for modern classics including The Mountaintop and Rotterdam.

The winning playwright will receive the £6,000 Carne Prize including an advance towards a guaranteed production at Theatre503 and publication by Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatrical’s company.

They also do everything they can to stage the work of our four other finalists, with 70% of their 2018 and 2020 finalists either produced or programmed to date. Their award is an unprecedented one, recognising new and emerging writers for an outstanding original feature length play that makes us see the world anew.

To be eligible for the award, you must not yet have had a full length play of more than 60 minutes produced professionally for at least 3-4 weeks in any theatre, 2 weeks or more in any major subsidised theatre/organisation including a national tour. You will have limited International credits where longer runs are not part of another country’s ecology, and/or screen credits.

The award will be open for submissions between 21st February – 21st March 2022.

For full details go to Theatre503’s website.

Previous winners are: And Then Come The Nightjars by Bea Roberts and Valhalla by Paul Murphy (joint winners in 2014); In Event of Moone Disaster by Andrew Thompson (2016), Out of Sorts by Danusia Samal (2018) and Moreno by Pravin Wilkins (2020).

Moreno will be premiering at Theatre503 from 1st – 29th March 2022 and live-streamed globally on 29th March, directed by Nancy Medina.

The Theatre503 International Playwriting Award Winner To Be announced Jan 2023

The 2023 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award is made possible thanks to the long term support of the Carne family and is sponsored by Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals company.

Deadline for applications: 21st March 2022

Source: BBC Writersroom

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