People’s Play Award 2012 open for submissions

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The People’s Theatre and New Writing North are pleased to announce the return of the People’s Play Award. This biennial competition is run to find an exciting new play that will be produced for one week in the studio theatre at the People’s Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne, in November 2012. The winning writer will receive an award of £2,000.

The competition aims to discover and develop new writers for theatre and is only open to writers who have not yet received a full professional production of their work on the stage. Winning the People’s Play Award is a great first step to establishing a career as a professional writer. Former winners who have gone on to write professionally include Alison Carr, Peter Straughan (who recently wrote the screenplay for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as well as The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Carina Rodney.

The deadline for receipt of scripts is 31 May 2012. The winner will be announced in July and the play will be produced from 20-24 November. 

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