If you’re a theatre professional (or know one) who wants to spread their wings as a playwright, the Finborough Theatre has announced the opening of the 2021 ETPEP Award. ETPEP stands for Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting and, as its name suggests, is not an award for playwrights. It is an award for those who work in theatre IN SOME OTHER capacity who also write plays.
The ETPEP Award 2021 is a playwriting prize for new UK playwrights who work or have worked in the theatre industry, run by the Finborough Theatre in association with the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust (ETPEP). The competition is open to new playwrights who have previously worked in theatre in another capacity for a minimum of two years.
The organisers said “We are looking for promising writers, rather than projects specifically targeted for production. The winner will be given the chance to develop and present their work in a supportive environment.”
The Award is open for submissions until 11pm on Friday, 30 April 2021.
The winner will receive:
The winner will receive a prize of £6,000.
(£3000 will be presented on the announcement of the winner, and the remaining £3000 will be presented at the conclusion of the staged reading performance).
A development relationship with the Finborough Theatre including one-to-one dramaturgy with Finborough Theatre Artistic Director and playwright Neil McPherson.
A rehearsal workshop with actors and a director to develop the play.
Pandemic permitting, either a staged reading performance of the winning play at the Finborough Theatre, London, or a rehearsed reading online.
Publication of the winning play by Salamander Street, independent publisher of theatre, performance and live art.
There will also be ten runner-up prizes of £300 each.
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