The Verity Bargate Award is our biennial search for the distinct new voices of the theatre makers of the future.
The VBA was established in memory of Soho Theatre’s co-founder and celebrates its 30th year in 2013.
The prize this year is £5000 in respect of an exclusive option to produce the winning play. Open to first time and early career writers, the award is not just a search for one winning script, the majority of the last shortlist have seen further development or professional productions.
Submissions are open from 1 – 30 June 2013.
To encourage first time playwrights, and develop the skills of emerging writers, Soho Theatre are running workshops across the country and at Soho, from how to lay out a script on the page to character arcs and structure.
Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre said: ‘We want to hear a story we’ve never heard before, from a voice we weren’t expecting. Something that is brave with what it is trying to say, and how it is trying to say it. Something that pushes our limits emotionally, morally or theatrically. Something that is the shout from the crowd that we have to listen to. Don’t worry about training or experience, it might just be the challenge that makes you start writing for the first time.’