The long list for the Royal Court Theatre’s playwright award – The George Devine Award – has been announced.
The list of eight playwrights for the 2021 award include: Travis Alabanza for Overflow; Caroline Bird for Red Ellen; Gareth Farr for Shandyland; Sami Ibrahim for Brick Shit House; Zodwa Nyoni for The Darkest Part of the Night; Lulu Rack for Close Your Eyes, And Think of England; Tom Stuart for Burn Baby Burn; and, Emily White for Atlantis.
Formed in 1966 in memory of the Royal Court’s founding Artistic Director George Devine, the Award is recognised as one of the most prestigious in new writing and aim to shine a light on a playwright of promise. Former winners include Diana Nneka Atuona, Richard Bean, Alice Birch, Lucy Prebble, Rory Mullarkey and Daniel Ward.
The judging panel for 2021 includes playwrights Luke Barnes, James Graham and Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, directors Justin Audibert and Lisa Blair and actress Kate O’Flynn. They will now decide upon the recipient of this year’s Award, who will be announced in early December.
‘In what has been another very challenging year for playwrights, I am delighted to be participating on the panel for this year’s Award. We all wish to see British Theatre thriving again and for that to happen it’s vital that we continue to champion and support its voices of promise, challenge and imagination.’ said 2021 Award judge Justin Audibert.
The winner will receive a prize of £15,000 in support of their future as a playwright.