And the winners are..

WRECK by Toby Campion

Runner up:

STILL HERE by Ryan Leder

Congratulations to you both!


Fifth Word Theatre Company and Nottingham Playhouse are launching a brand new one-act play competition to uncover new playwriting talent across the East Midlands.

This is a unique partnership between one of the regions’ leading producing theatres and a new writing touring company and is supported by Arts Council England.

This competition will give writers the opportunity to begin a relationship with Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse which both have a proud history of staging new writing.

We are looking for original, compelling pieces written specifically for the stage that have contemporary relevance.

This competition is for early career writers who have had no more than one play professionally produced.

The winner of this competition will receive:

  • A rehearsed reading of their play as part of a celebration event at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2015
  • A 12 month attachment with Fifth Word based at Nottingham Playhouse
  • £2000 development money*
  • A mentor to provide dramaturgical support whilst on attachment
  • ‘Go and see theatre budget’

*The development money is intended to give the winner the time, space and support to develop a new play over the 12 month attachment.

All entries will be read by a panel of artists and industry professionals. A rehearsed reading of the winning entry and extracts from runners up will be showcased at a special new writing event at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2015.

Key Dates:

  • 15thJuly 2015Submissions close
  • 8thSeptember 2015Winner and runners up announced
  • 18th/19th September 2015Celebration Event & Rehearsed Readings

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