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Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize: top ten announced

Playwriting prize reading Thursday 27 November 2014

Members of the public this week got the first glimpse of the ten plays shortlisted for the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize.

Liverpool Hope University has partnered with Royal Court Liverpool and the Liverpool Echo to find the UK's next great playwright. This exciting national competition is a chance for a playwright to win a cash prize of £10,000 and have their work considered for staging by one of the most prolific producing theatres in the North West.

Professional actors Ron Meadows and Gary Bowman, and Liverpool Hope drama students performed ten-minute excerpts from the shortlisted scripts in front of a live audience at Liverpool Hope University’s Capstone Theatre.

The announcement of the top ten and the free rehearsed reading was part of the Cornerstone Arts Festival, Liverpool Hope University’s annual public arts festival. 

The final ten scripts will now go to the final judging panel made up of Frank Cottrell Boyce, Kathy Burke, Paul Allen, John Godber, John Bennett, and Liverpool Echo Arts Editor Catherine Jones. The identity of all the entrants will remain anonymous until the winner is announced in January.

The top ten (in no particular order) are:

• Baggage
• Calvary
• Happy to Help
• House Sitting for Ronnie Walker
• Do Not Love Too Long
• Omnibus
• One Step Ahead
• Terry’s Wake
• The Come Back
• The Comeback Special

Dr John Bennett, Principal Lecturer in Dance, Drama and Performance Studies at Liverpool Hope University, and one of the judges said: “This rehearsed reading was the first time that members of the public heard the voice of what could be the next great comedic playwright. The fact that excerpts from all of these plays were performed anonymously also added another dimension to the experience for audience members - they had no idea of what has inspired or influenced the writer, or even how old they are.”

Kevin Fearon, Chief Executive of Royal Court Liverpool and also a judge said: “Having started with 200 scripts it has been a long, hard process to whittle them down to the best 10. The readers have told me all about the quality of the scripts that were submitted so I am really looking forward to seeing which one claims the prize”.

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