Tony Craze was winner of one of the first Verity Bargate Awards who went on to work with Soho Theatre Company as resident writer and then Artistic Director.


Our new writing award is open to all Writers’ Lab course participants.

Formerly Soho Young Writers’ Award, the Award was renamed in 2016 in honour of Tony Craze. As much as he was a talented playwright, Tony Craze was generous in enabling and nurturing the careers of others. Tony’s work during his time with us laid the foundations for much of the extensive talent development programmes that we run with writers and artists still today. He was also a strong and early advocate for presenting diverse voices in new writing.


Previous Tony Craze Award winners include: Phoebe Éclair-Powell • Iskandar Sharazuddin • Charlotte Josephine



Image: Fury by Phoebe Eclair-Powell, winner of 2015’s Tony Craze Award.  Photo: The Other Richard

‘Tony’s thinking and vision are strongly present in the DNA of our company.’
Mark Godfrey, Executive Director

Winner of the Tony Craze Award 2017:
Antlers by Patrick Russell

Tony Craze Shortlist 2017
Wind Bit Bitter, Bit Bit Bit Her by Sami Ibrahim
The Hoes by Ifeyinwa Frederick
The Funeral Director by Iman Qureshi
Soft Animals by Holly Robinson

Previous winners include: 
Birthright by Adam Narat (2016)
Fury by Phoebe Eclair-Powell (2015)
A Life of Cardboard by Iskandar Sharazuddin(2014)
In Your Image by Gemma Copping (2013)
Bitch Boxer by Charlotte Josephine (2012)

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