Longlist announced for inaugural Women's Prize for Playwriting
70 shows were selected from 1,169 submissions
The longlist has been revealed for the first ever Women's Prize for Playwriting.
Launched by Ellie Keel Productions and Paines Plough, the scheme was searching for texts over 60 minutes in length. The judging panel has featured award-winning actress Monica Dolan, Sarah Frankcom, Artistic Director of LAMDA, playwright and screenwriter Tanika Gupta, playwright Ella Hickson, theatre producer and former executive director of the Donmar Warehouse Kate Pakenham, actress and playwright Maxine Peake and artistic director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham. It is chaired by literary agent Mel Kenyon.
Any person of 16 years or older who is resident in the UK and Ireland and who identifies as female was able to enter, with the piece awarded the first prize by the judging panel receiving £12,000 on or around the day of the awards ceremony. Two further prizes are to be revealed, with the shortlist being revealed in the coming weeks.
Amy Rhianne Milton
Bisola Elizabeth Alabi
Ciara Elizabeth Smyth
Gaia Sorcha Fenn