Verity Bargate Award 2015 (£6,000 prize)

The search is on. Soho Theatre is looking for the best new writing talent from the UK and Ireland. Do you have the distinct new voice they’re looking for?

‘Give us the script we’ve never seen before. Say something, in the way that only you can.‘
Steve Marmion, Artistic Director, Soho Theatre (March 2015).

The Verity Bargate Award (VBA) was established in 1982 to honour Soho Theatre’s co-founder and is presented biennially to an artist resident in the UK or Ireland with fewer than three professional productions.  Past winners include: Vicky Jones, Thomas Eccleshare, Insook Chappell, Matt Charman, Shan Khan, Bonnie Greer, Toby Whithouse and Diane Samuels.

Soho Theatre will also be hitting the road, delivering sessions and workshops for writers and writers in the making across London, the UK and Ireland and in London. Full details will be released soon.

Prize:  The winner will receive £6000 in respect of an exclusive option to produce the winning play at Soho Theatre, directed by Artistic Director, Steve Marmion.


  • The award is open to writers resident in the UK or Ireland.
  • The winner of this year’s award will be expected to attend a ceremony later in the year.
  • The judges’ decision is final and we cannot enter into correspondence concerning the result.
  • The following are not eligible: playwrights with three or more professional productions to their credit (defined as those produced under ITC/TMA/WGGB contracts), plays commissioned by Soho Theatre, previous Verity Bargate Award winners, plays that have already been considered by Soho Theatre’s literary department. Submitted plays must be unencumbered and available.

What to submit:  Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). There is no restriction to subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text submitted.

How to apply:  The play must have a title page with the author’s name, address, email address and telephone number. In addition, writers must include a CV including listing of all works written/produced, when and where. Plays will only be accepted by email, in Word or PDF formats, other formats cannot be accepted. We are not able to consider any other supporting material including music, video, or images.

Please email your submission to between 1 July 2015 and 31 July 2015 at 6pm.

Deadline:   31 July 2015 at 6pm (*Note: submissions do not open until 1 July 2015)

Source:  Soho Theatre Website


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