Less than a month until comedy Playwriting Prize deadlineWednesday 4 May 2016
Comedy playwrights have less than a month left to be in with a chance of winning £10,000 and the opportunity to have their work considered for production by Liverpool’s Royal Court.
The second Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize closes on Tuesday May 31st.
Katie Mulgrew’s play Omnibus won the inaugural competition, and is currently in development with the Liverpool Royal Court and Unity Theatre, with a view to being staged in spring 2017. Bob Farquhar will direct.
All scripts will be read by professional readers, with the final ten put before a panel of industry experts and practising writers: screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell-Boyce, comedian and actor Les Dennis, playwright Amanda Whittington, editor of The Stage Alistair Smith, the Liverpool Echo’s arts editor Catherine Jones, Royal Court Chief Executive Kevin Fearon, last year’s winner Katie Mulgrew, playwright and critic Paul Allen and Liverpool Hope University theatre expert Dr John Bennett.
The panel will announce their winner in Spring 2017.
Kevin Fearon, Chief Executive of Liverpool’s Royal Court said: “Last year’s competition attracted 200 entries, and with one month to go we are on track to equal or better that. We are excited to see what opening the competition up to Ireland will bring to the mix of scripts that we receive.
"Katie’s winning play from the inaugural competition is in development with ourselves and Unity Theatre and is well on its way to being performed in early 2017. It has always been important to us that this competition is open to anyone, new or established. We were delighted to find Katie and hope that she is one of many new comedy voices that this competition can help bring to the fore.”
The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, British Overseas Territory or with a British Forces Post Office address who is 18 years of age or over on the date of submission of their entry.
Writers can visit www.playwritingprize.com for full terms and conditions and for help and advice in the form of blogs from judges Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Paul Allen, Liverpool Royal Court’s Iain Christie and Katie Mulgrew.