BLACK BRITISH WOMEN’S THEATRE wins the Society for Theatre Research’s 2021 Theatre Book Prize

The winner of the 2021 Society for Theatre Research’s Theatre Book Prize (for books published in 2020) is Nicola Abram for BLACK BRITISH WOMEN’S THEATRE, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

The Theatre Book Prize was established in 1998 to celebrate the Society’s Golden Jubilee. The aim of the Book Prize is to encourage the writing and publication of books on British-related theatre history and practice, both those which present the theatre of the past and those which record contemporary theatre for the future.  It was first awarded for books published in 1997.

Nicola’s forensically-researched book draws on private archives and previously unseen material to document the achievements of Black British women in theatre, throwing a much-overdue and welcome spotlight onto some of the previously unsung pioneers of theatre making in the UK.

The award has an independent panel of three judges, drawn from the ranks of theatre practitioners, theatre critics, senior academics concerned with theatre, and theatre archivists, together with a member of the committee of the Society for Theatre Research as chair.considers to be the best published during the previous year. 

All new works of original research first published in English are eligible for the Prize, except for play texts and studies of drama as literature.

For more information about the Prize, visit the STR website here

To see the Prize ceremony recording, click here

Congratulations to Nicola Abram!


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