ETPEP Award news

Published: 9 August 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Finborough Theatre (exterior)

The ETPEP Award, run by London's Finborough Theatre in association with the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust, is open for submissions for the 2022 award.

UK playwrights who work or have worked in the theatre industry in a field not related to writing (such as literary agency, critics, script readers) for two or more years are eligible to enter a play which aims to enhance political and social awareness and which considers the human condition.

They should be UK residents of any age who have not had a play professionally produced and are interested in developing their writing.

All entries will receive some brief feedback and the judging process is anonymous up to shortlisting and interview stage.

The prize package is made of £8,000, a development relationship with the Finborough Theatre including one-to-one dramaturgy with its artistic director Neil McPherson, a rehearsal workshop with actors and a director to develop the play and a staged reading. Additionally, the text will be published by Salamander Street.

Ten runner-up prizes of £400 each are also to be awarded in 2022.

The judging panel includes Neil McPherson, literary manager of the Finborough Theatre and playwright Sue Healy, producer Ameena Hamid, actor, playwright and activist Athena Stevens and Clive Webster of award founders the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust.

Submission guidelines are on the Finborough web site and the deadline is 11PM on 30 April.

This year's prize winner will be announced in September and will be one of the longlisted entries:

  • A Far Cry From Home The Brown Doll
  • The Fishmonger Ghosts Of Spirits
  • Guinea Pigs Like. Share. Kill
  • Love Underground Moonfeed
  • Muddy Knees Service
  • We Go Again