Submissions for the Verity Bargate Award 2022 will open winter 2021

Welcome to our Verity Bargate Award. Following the incredible success of the critically acclaimed Verity Bargate Award Winning play, Shedding A Skin, written and performed by Amanda Wilkin, we look forward to announcing details for our next round towards the end of 2021. 



Sponsored by Character 7, the Verity Bargate Award is Soho Theatre’s search for extraordinary new stories.

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.

The 2020 award was judged by a panel of industry experts including former Soho writers Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Laura Wade, screenwriter Russell T Davies, actress and playwright Lolita Chakrabarti and Character 7’s Stephen Garrett. 


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


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.


  • Applicants must submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (no shorter than 60 minutes).
  • The window for submissions for the 2022 award will be announced in winter 2021. Please keep an eye on our socials and newsfeed for more information.

‘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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