07 December, 2008

Female writers triumph in the Bruntwood Playwriting Competition

The Stage

"Female writers have stormed this year’s Bruntwood Playwriting Competition for the Manchester Royal Exchange, with three of the four winners being women.
Joint winners of the Bruntood Playwriting Competition 2008 (from left to right) Naylah Ahmed, Vivienne Franzmann, Fiona Peek and Andy Sheridan

Joint winners of the Bruntood Playwriting Competition 2008 (from left to right) Naylah Ahmed, Vivienne Franzmann, Fiona Peek and Andy Sheridan

Each beat off competition from more than 1,000 entrants to be named joint winners at a ceremony held yesterday (Thursday).

The winning plays were Butcher Boys by Naylah Ahmed, Mogadishi by Vivienne Franzmann, Salt by Fiona Peek and Andy Sheridan’s Before the Echoes Die Away.

Ahmed said the victory has left her feeling “elated” and said she was attracted to the competition because it offered “recognition of work and a financial prize”.

Chair of the judging panel, actor Richard Wilson, said: “It’s all very exciting because these people could be the famous playwrights of tomorrow. I’m looking forward to meeting each of them personally and hopefully they will go on to great things.”

Now in its second year, the competition requires entrants to submit work under a pseudonym allowing playwrights, regardless of gender or experience, to compete on equal footing."

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1 comment:

Lindsay Price said...

How interesting. And how exciting for the winners.

We're sometimes told that even in blind judging it's the 'guys' that rise to the top. Nice to see that isn't organically the case, that writing plain and simple is what trumps the day....