Women’s Prize for Playwriting opens April 7th!

Budding women playwrights resident in the UK and Ireland will be cheered to know that the Women’s Prize for Playwriting opens for submissions on April 7th.

The award, the first of its kind, has celebrated and supported much female talent, and last year announced joint winners. One of the two 2020 winners, Amy Trigg’s REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDNT LOVE ME has been chosen to be the play which reopens the Kiln Theatre in Kilburn, in May.

To find out more information, visit their website here

Catch the Finborough Theatre’s new show available free for one week only

The winner of the 2020 ETPEP Award, PLAYFIGHT by Julia Grogan, will be available to watch on the Finborough Theatre’s YouTube channel from April 1-8.

Kiera, Zainab and Lucy are smart, outrageous and savvy. They’ve figured out that there are some things school sex ed lessons don’t cover. Now, as they grow from girls into women, they’re going to find the answers…

Directed by acclaimed director Blanche McIntyre, the show will stream FOR FREE from April 1-8.

A subtitled version is available from Scenesaver website.

Although this production is free to watch, if you are able to, please strongly consider making a donation to Finborough Theatre to enable it to reopen after this crisis has passed.

Watch PLAYFIGHT via The Finborough’s YouTube channel here

Just a reminder that the 2021 ETPEP competition is still open, so if you’re an aspiring UK-based playwright who works in theatre, submit your play to the ETPEP Award by Friday, 30 April for the chance to win £6000, a development relationship with and a staged reading of your play at the Finborough Theatre.

Find more details about the ETPEP Award here

Stage shows to enjoy on Sky Arts this Christmas/New Year

Brighten your holiday season with these great stage shows to see on SkyArts this festive season

Boxing Day, 26th December



1.25pm THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! (from 2012)

3.50pm Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE

6.05pm LES MISERABLES 25th Anniversary concert production


Sunday, 27th December

9.30am THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (25th anniversary production from the Royal Albert Hall)

12.15pm The National Theatre’s TWELFTH NIGHT

9.00pm CATS (the stage show)

Monday, 28th December

9.00pm The National Theatre’s JANE EYRE

Tuesday, 29th December

9.00pm THE WIZ Live!

Wednesday 30th December


Thursday, 31st December (New Year’s Eve)

8.10am LES MISERABLES 25th Anniversary concert production

4.35pm – THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live! (from 2012)

The first Women’s Prize for Playwriting selects two winners

It is a sad fact that our stages host many fewer plays by female writers than men, even in 2020.

Producer Ellie Keel established the Prize to contribute to redressing this unacceptable imbalance, and what a start has been made! 1,169 submissions were received, and after longlisting and shortlisting, the winners have just been announced.

The judging panel of Indhu Rubasingham, Monica Dolan, Sarah Frankcom, Tanika Gupta, Ella Hickson, Kate Pakenham, Maxine Peake and the chair, Mel Kenyon, picked the winners from seven finalists.

It is great to see that there were two winners instead of just one, which allows more female-led work to share the limelight. Each writer receives a prize of £12,000.

Amy Trigg won for her play REASONS YOU SHOULD(N’T) LOVE ME; She said: “My play is about a disabled woman but at its heart it is a universal story about love, growing up and feeling unfinished. I hope the audience finds the play relatable in lovely but sometimes heart breaking ways.”

Ahlam won for her play YOU BURY ME. She said: “I hope YOU BURY ME offers a glimpse into the painful and beautiful paradox that is Cairo, and her stories that are full of love and tenderness, as well as rage and violence.”

For those interested in finding out more about the plays, the project and the prize, you can find the website here

Wishing future success to the prize and the winners and all selected for listing.