November 2023: Film4 and The Peggy Ramsay Foundation with the Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund today announce the six winners of the Peggy Ramsay/Film4 Awards which celebrate and support emerging British writing talent.
The 2024 initiative is awarding six bursaries to new theatre writers, each worth £10,000. Four bursaries are supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation (one is dedicated to the memory of literary agent Tom Erhardt) and two by Film4.
The recipients of the 2024 bursaries are:
BABIRYE BUKILWA (“Cake”)
Clean Break & Soho Theatre
SHAHID IQBAL KHAN (“10 Nights”)
MARTHA LOADER (“Bindweed”)
New Wolsey Theatre
MAREK HORN (“Octopolis”)
FLORENCE ESPEUT-NICKLESS (“Destiny”)
Bristol Old Vic
MORNA YOUNG (“Aye, Elvis”)
The successful writers will now embark upon one-year attachments with their respective venues (listed above), giving them the opportunity to meet a variety of industry professionals and to gain first-hand experience of a working theatre. Their principal task in the next 12 months is to write at least one full-length play.
Sir Richard Eyre, Chairman of the Panel comments: “I’ve always thought that giving bursaries to writers for them to be attached for a year to theatres is an inventive act of philanthropy. I’ve been chairing this award since 2009 and I have been repeatedly impressed by the quality of the plays. This year has been no exception. I feel sure that these writers will continue to confirm our faith in their talent”
Neil Adleman, Chair of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation comments: “We are delighted to be able to continue to support this scheme which is unique in providing funds which support both writers and theatres for an extended period.”
Ben Coren, Head of Development at Film4 comments: “Discovering and nurturing new talent is one of our core values at Film4, so we’re very happy to help another round of emerging UK playwrights develop their careers. I’m looking forward to seeing what the winners create in 2024 and beyond.”
Playwrights were nominated by UK theatre practitioners with the six winners selected by the Scheme’s Panel chaired by Sir Richard Eyre. This year’s panel also included: Jack Bradley (Sonia Friedman Productions), Ben Coren (Film4), Will Mortimer (The Bridge Theatre & The Peggy Ramsay Foundation), Dinah Wood (Faber & Faber), Nicholas Wright (Playwright) and Georgia Gatti (Neal Street Productions). The scheme is administered by Sue Higginson OBE.
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About The Peggy Ramsay Foundation
Peggy Ramsay was one of the best-known play agents in the United Kingdom during the second half of the Twentieth Century. When she died in 1991 her estate was left for charitable purposes to help writers and writing for the stage. The Peggy Ramsay Foundation was established in pursuance of this objective.
For more information please visit www.peggyramsayfoundation.org
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