All that matters is
GREAT STORIES ARE TOLD

  • Soho Theatre’s search for extraordinary new stories
  • Submissions window open 20 Nov – 20 Dec
  • Winner announced in 2020 as part of Soho Theatre’s 20th Anniversary year on Dean Street
  • Judges including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Arinze Kene, Lolita Chakrabarti and Laura Wade

WHAT IS THE VERITY BARGATE AWARD

The search is on. Soho Theatre and Character 7, producer of The Night Manager, are looking for extraordinary plays from extraordinary new voices. The Verity Bargate Award is Soho Theatre’s flagship new-writing award with the winning play produced in a full production on our stages.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from or what you do. If you’ve never written before, that’s fine by us. What matters is that great stories are told – human, inspiring and urgent stories which can only exist in this moment.

For almost 50 years, Soho Theatre has championed new writing. Since 1982, the Verity Bargate Award, Soho Theatre’s playwriting award, has uncovered the best new and emerging writers. It has launched the careers of some of Britain’s most established playwrights and screenwriters including Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies), Vicky Jones (Touch at Soho Theatre), Toby Whithouse (Doctor Who) and many, many more.

WHAT’S ON OFFER?

The winner receives £7,500 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

The Verity Bargate Award is open to any playwright who has had fewer than three professional productions and who lives in the UK or Ireland. There are no restrictions on subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text that is submitted.

HOW DO I APPLY?

  • Applicants must submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (no shorter than 60 minutes).
  • Please email submissions, along with contact details and a CV detailing all works produced to vba@sohotheatre.com between
  • The window for submissions opens on Wednesday 20 November 2019 with a deadline for submissions at 12 noon on Friday 20 December 2019.

WORKSHOPS

Soho Theatre is presenting a series of workshops and information sessions at Soho Theatre and around the UK and Ireland for emerging writers interested in entering the competition. Watch this space for a full list of events.

Supported by

‘The life-changing moment came when the Soho called to say I’d won.’

Matt Charman, Verity Bargate Award Winner 2004

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