We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award is Pravin Wilkins, for his stunning play Moreno. A panel of judges selected the winning play from five finalists, chaired by Erica Whyman (Chair of Theatre503 and deputy artistic director, RSC) with producer Caro Newling, actor/director Daniel Evans, arts journalist and reviewer Sam Marlowe, playwrights Roy Williams and Vinay Patel, and Theatre503 artistic director Lisa Spirling.
The five outstanding new writers who made up the finalists hailed from the UK, Australia and the US and the remaining four were Ayad Andrews, Gina Stevensen, Safaa Benson-Effiom and Zoe Ashford Cooper. They were chosen from 1,719 scripts sent in from 45 countries.
The Theatre503 International Playwriting Award was established in 2014 and is an unprecedented opportunity for emerging playwrights to be recognised for writing an outstanding, original piece of work for the stage. It builds upon the foundation of the venue’s reputation for engaging with the next generation of playwrights. This award has been made possible by the generous support of The Carne Trust, and new publishing partners Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals company.