Best New Play Award

Best New Play Award 2018

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The New Writing South Best New Play Award is given to a playwright in recognition of an outstanding, original theatre script presented at Brighton Fringe.

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for this year's award - you can see all of them this May at Brighton Fringe 2018:

Barbecue the Musical by Daniel Searle at Sweet Werks 1 more info >

Bully Beef by Peter Gardiner at Exeter Street Hall more info >

FAST by Kate Barton at Purple Playhouse Theatre more info >

Franz Kafka - Apparatus by Ross Dinwiddy at Rialto Theatre more info >

Grace by Katie Reddin-Clancy
at The Warren: Theatre Box more info >

Gun by Will Harley at The Warren: Theatre Box more info >

Martin Lingus by Lorraine Mullaney at Rialto Theatre more info >

On the Tracks by Lucy Hayward at Sweet Dukebox more info >

Passing On by Sean Denyer at Sweet Werks 1 more info >

Passionate Machine by Rosy Carrick at The Warren, Blockhouse more info >

Rum in the Gravy Boat by Leigh Johnstone & Ali Gill at The Warren - Blockhouse more info >

The Sorrowful Tale of Sleeping Sidney by Daisy Jordan & Ulysses Black at Sweet Dukebox more info >

White Girls by Madeleine Accalia at The Warren: Theatre Box more info >

Congratulations to all of the nominees, and we look forward to announcing the winner at the Brighton Fringe 2018 awards on 3 June 2018.

Previous Winners

Paul Macauley's winning play Bug Camp impressed the judges by using playful humour within an emotional storyline to in turn surprise, amuse and move the audience.

This year the judges chose to divide the £500 award between two writers: Tim Cook for Crushed and Richard Fredman for bloominauschwitz. The winners were praised for their fresh writing, accomplished skill and tight dialogue. 

Won by Gail Louw for her true life drama Duwayne. The team of six judges chose Gail’s play for its accomplished writing, for its original portrayal of fact as drama and for bravely hitting the zeitgeist. Tristan Ovington, a member of Brighton Theatre Royal Young Writers, was given a special 'Most Promising Playwright' award for his play Twenty to Something.

Won by Silva Semerciyan for Gather Ye Rosebuds at the Nightingale Theatre. Silva's play enjoyed a transfer to Theatre 503.

No overall winner. Instead, a development package is being offered to Jonathan Brown for The Last Lunch, and to Feral Theatre for Triptych. This is an unprecedented decision but also one the organisation is really excited about. New Writing South will be working closely with the writers over the next year.

Won by Kefi Chadwick for Mathematics of the Heart at the Marlborough Theatre. Following winning the award Kefi's play enjoyed a successful transfer to Theatre 503.
In addition the judges gave a separate award to Ben Keyworth for Cuckoo at The Open House.