The Verity Bargate Award, one of the biggest UK playwriting competitions, is holding a series of workshops around the country with leading playwrights to share their top tips as you get your play ready to enter the contest.
Workshops in London: £30 workshops at the Soho Theatre run from 15 April 15-15 June 2017. To book for the workshops with James Graham, Charlotte Josephine, Inua Ellams, Phoebe Eclair-Powell & Theresa Ikoko or Vinay Patel Click here
Do you live outside London? The VBA is offering free 30 minute talks with Q&A sessions at workshops around the country at the following venues:
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Wed 12 Apr, 6pm
Liverpool Playhouse and Everyman
Tue 18 Apr, 5pm
The Royal Exchange, Manchester
Wed 19 Apr, 6pm
The Abbey, Dublin
Sat 29 Apr, 2pm
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Sat 29 Apr, 3pm
Live Theatre, Newcastle Sat 6 May, 1pm
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Sat 13 May,11am
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 2pm, Saturday 13 May
For details about these workshops click here.
About the Verity Bargate Award: The Verity Bargate Award winner receives £7000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play.
The award was established in 1982 to honour Soho Theatre’s co-founder and is presented biennially to an artist resident in the UK or Ireland with fewer than three professional productions.
The prestigious biennial Award seeks stand out inspiring new writing talent with past winners including Vicky Jones and Matt Charman.
Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). There is no restriction to subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text submitted.
This year the award is sponsored by production company Character 7 and one writer will be offered the opportunity to develop their storytelling skills for TV drama. The Character 7 prize will be a separate agreement between Character 7 and the chosen writer.
The following are not eligible: playwrights with three or more professional productions to their credit (defined as those produced under ITC/TMA/WGGB contracts), plays commissioned by Soho Theatre, previous Verity Bargate Award winners and plays that have already been considered by Soho Theatre’s literary department. Submitted plays must be unencumbered and available.
What to submit: The play must have a title page with the author’s name, address, email address and telephone number. In addition, writers must include a CV including listing of all works written/produced, when and where. Plays will only be accepted by email, in a PDF format, other formats cannot be accepted. Soho is not able to consider any other supporting material including music, video, or images.
How To Apply: Please email your submission to vba@
Deadline: 5 July 2017 at 12pm
Source: The Soho Theatre Website