The Fifth Word Award for Most Promising Playwright

This award run in partnership with Nottingham Playhouse seeks to uncover new playwriting talent across the East Midlands. This is a unique partnership between one of the region’s leading producing theatres and a new writing touring company and is supported by Arts Council England. This competition will give writers the opportunity to begin a relationship with Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse which both have a proud history of staging new writing.

We are looking for original, compelling pieces written specifically for the stage that have contemporary relevance.

This competition is for early career writers who have had no more than one play professionally produced.

The lucky winner of this competition will receive:

  • A Rehearsed Reading of their play as part of a celebration event at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2015
  • A 12 month attachment with Fifth Word based at Nottingham Playhouse
  • £2000 development money
  • A Mentor to provide support to write a new play whilst on attachment
  • ‘Go and see budget’
  • Shadowing opportunities in productions with Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse

All entries will be read by a panel of artists and industry professionals .
A rehearsed reading of the winning entry and extracts from runners up will be showcased at a special new writing event at Nottingham Playhouse on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September 2015.

For more details and the online entry form, please visit our minisite promising-playwrights.co.uk

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