The prize money represents the equivalent of a commission fee. All the shortlisted plays are given rehearsed readings and the winning play is produced by the company, in some cases after a series of workshops. A novel doesn't need to be published for you to learn from it. Playwrights, however, need to see and hear their work in action. 'Workshopping plays is so valuable. You can't create talent, but you can certainly speed the process up.'
Last year's winner, Diane Samuels's Kindertransport (below) has been a real success story with a sell-out London run, followed by its current success off-Broadway. Morris is just back from a casting session for the West End run next year. 'There's been huge interest in the transfer. People have been ringing up wanting to invest, but we still need more.' The deadline for this year's award is the end of this month. Nineteen days and counting. . .
For details of the Award and the West End production of Kindertransport, call Rachel Furst/Mark Godfrey on 071-262 7907.Reuse content