Starting in 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize is the biggest playwriting award in the UK, attracting more average annual entries than any other. It was the first – and remains the only annual – playwriting award to guarantee its winner a full world premiere in London followed by a national tour, plus royalties, publication and a £6,500 commission to support a follow-up play.
This year’s winner – selected from a record 1504 entries- is Igor Memić, a Duty manager at the Bridge Theatre, for his play called OLD BRIDGE. Igor is a British-Bosnian writer and refugee from Mostar, which is where the play is set, examining with humanity the joy and pain of growing up amidst the horror of war. The play will receive a full production at London’s Bush Theatre later in the year.
Igor was quoted as saying “I never thought a play like this could make the shortlist, let alone win. Writing it has been one of the most painful and important experiences of my life. My attempt at healing old wounds.”
Having seen the last few years’ Papatango winners, I am sure this will be yet another challenging, surprising and rewarding play
For all you budding playwrights, remember that Papatango is open to all residents of the UK or Ireland, free to enter, and assessed anonymously. So – all you need is a story.Submissions for the 2021 Prize will open in late 2020.