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Judges make final deliberations before naming winner of Playwriting Prize

Playwriting Prize judges meeting Thursday 5 February 2015

The team of judges have met to undertake their final deliberations before announcing the winner of the inaugural Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize.

Actress Kathy Burke, screenwriter, novelist and Olympic ceremony deviser Frank Cottrell Boyce, playwright John Godber, writer and broadcaster Paul Allen, Chief Executive of the Liverpool Royal Court Kevin Fearon, Principal Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at Liverpool Hope University Dr John Bennett, and Liverpool Echo Arts Editor Catherine Jones all met at Liverpool Hope’s Creative Campus to discuss the ten shortlisted plays.

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is the UK’s second largest playwriting prize after the Bruntwood Prize. As well as being presented with £10,000, the winning writer’s work will be considered for production by the Royal Court Liverpool.

More than 200 writers from across the UK submitted their work. The North West and London produced the highest amount of entries, with writers from these areas submitting 30% each of the total scripts. Submissions were also received from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The competition was open to both new and established writers, and all judging has taken place anonymously.

The winner will be announced at a gala dinner at Liverpool Hope University in March, and in the run up to the announcement, the identities of the top ten writers will be released to the public.

Professor Nick Rees, Dean of Arts at Liverpool Hope University, said: “In a very short time, the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize has established itself as one of the most prestigious playwriting prizes in the industry. We are delighted to say that it is truly a national competition, with entries from every corner of the United Kingdom. Liverpool Hope University’s ethos is based around the care of the individual and we are very excited to hear the unique comedic voice of the winning play. It is even more exciting that their voice could be heard on stage in Liverpool first.”

Kevin Fearon, Chief Executive of Royal Court Liverpool said ahead of the judges' meeting: “I have read all of the scripts on the final shortlist now and I am really looking forward to discussing them with the other judges. It’s going to be a tough decision but we have got a great judging panel and I am predicting some fierce debates! We have become known for our comic plays here at the Royal Court and I am sure that the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize will give us another great comedy for our audience.” 


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