Winner of the 2017 Bruntwood Prize announced
Timothy X Atack has been announced as the 2017 Bruntwood Prize winner for his play ‘Heartworm’.
Atack will receive £16,000, and ‘Heartworm’ will be co-produced by the Royal Exchange and Royal Court theatres.
On winning the prize he said: “It is the most amazing boost to my confidence as a writer and theatre-maker. I'm truly excited for conversations to begin about making a play I'm very proud of, in a theatre I really love."
The panel of eight judges included Russell T Davies, Kirsty Lang and Lucy Prebble.
Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of The Royal Court Theatre commented: ”Bruntwood is a vital opportunity for the RC to connect with writers and plays who may not necessarily come through our structures and whose voice and talent will contribute to the theatre landscape for years to come.”
“It will be wonderful to work again with the team at the Royal Exchange Theatre to bring Tim X Atack’s beautifully haunting script to life. We felt HEARTWORM is a brilliantly unnerving and visceral piece of work by a distinctive and vividly theatrical voice.”
Three judges’ awards of £8,000 were also awarded to Tim Foley for his play ‘Electric Rosary’, Laurie Nunn for ‘King Brown’, and Sharon Clark for ‘Plow’. All four scripts will now enter into a development process with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Due to the high standards of entries, co-founder of the Bruntwood Prize, Michael Oglesby, CBE, also awarded Joshua Val Martin and Rebecca Callard £4,000 each, as a commendation for their compelling plays, ‘This is Not America’ and ‘A Bit Of Light’, respectively.
Oglesby, who remains on the Bruntwood Prize committee as judge and Chairman said: “This year we’ve seen a remarkable standard in entries to the competition. Our overall winner Timothy X Atack has produced a beautiful piece of work and we are thrilled to be supporting him and the other Judges’ Prize winners on their playwriting journey.”
Timothy X Atack is an award-winning writer, composer and sound designer for stage and screen. His previous plays have already been met with great acclaim, a number having been adapted for BBC Radio 4, with ‘The Morpeth Carol’ winning Best Drama at the 2014 Radio Academy Awards.Tags: