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.