Verity Bargate Award - 2022

Verity Bargate Award 2022 nominations announced

Soho Theatre in London has announced the nominations longlist for the 40th annual Verity Bargate Award 2022.

Judges to include James Graham, April De Angelis, Theresa Ikoko and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm.

Celebrating new plays and playwrights, this year’s award considered 1,200 submissions, and has narrowed the longlist down to 17 new plays. The plays run the gamut of subject matters, from porn addiction and betting shops, to spiritual and sexual liberation and an octopus taught to believe in God!

Showcasing the very best in new writing, many of the plays were written over the last two years of lockdowns, and include epic dramas, comedies, thrillers and heartfelt autobiographical stories to theatrical leaps of imagination.

A distinguished group of industry judges are on this year’s awards panel includes former Soho playwrights Theresa Ikoko (Girls, 2015, Soho Theatre), James Graham (Tory Boyz, 2008, and Monster Raving Loony, 2016, Soho Theatre) and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Mum, 2021, Soho Theatre), plus April De Angelis (Jumpy, Royal Court and West End). The award is sponsored by Character 7 and chaired by film and television producer, Character 7’s Stephen Garrett.

The Award honours Verity Bargate, Soho Theatre’s co-founder, who was a champion of new writing.

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

Verity Bargate Award 2022 – nominations longlist

A Woman Walks Into a Bank – Roxy Cook

A Young Man Comes – Alan Mahon

Bet Junkie – Daniel Ward

Boys On The Verge of Tears – Sam Grabiner

CAP: A Medicinal Love Story – Mika Onyx Johnson

Everything I’m Thinking All of the Time – Sam Ward

Friday at the masjid – maatin

Hallelujah – Temi Wilkey

King Troll (The Fawn) – Sonali Bhattacharyya

Lady Dealer – Martha Watson Allpress

Octopolis – Marek Horn

Porn Play – Sophia Chetin-Leuner

Private Adult Things – Georgia Green

Samuel Takes a Break in Male Dungeon

No.5 After a Long but Generally

Successful Day of Tours – Rhianna Ilube

Sick Children Karaoke – Gareth Jandrell

Succession Theme Is My Ringtone – Joe Kerridge

Working Men – Benjamin Kuffuor

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