All that matters is
GREAT STORIES ARE TOLD

  • Soho Theatre’s search for extraordinary new stories
  • Submissions window open 20 Nov – 10 Jan
  • Winner announced in 2020 
  • 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  • Applicants must submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (no shorter than 60 minutes).
  • The window for submissions opens on Wednesday 20 November 2019 with a deadline for submissions at 12 noon on Friday 10 January 2020.
  • Please check back for information on how to submit your play.

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.

SAT 19 OCT
Wales Millennium Centre, 3-6pm 3-6pm

MON 21 OCT
Liverpool Everyman, 6-9pm

TUE 22 OCT
Bristol Old Vic, 6.30-9.30pm

THU 24 OCT
Manchester Royal Exchange, 6-9pm

SAT 26 OCT
Oxford Playhouse, 12PM-2.30pm

SAT 26 OCT
Plymouth Theatre Royal and Oxford Playhouse, 2-5pm

MON 28 OCT
Live Theatre Newcastle, 6-9pm

TUE 29 OCT
Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, 3pm – 6pm

WED 30 OCT
Sheffield Crucible’ 4pm – 7pm

London dates to be announced soon.

 

 

 

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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