AWARD-WINNING NEW WRITING
Papatango Theatre Company was founded in 2007 to find the best and brightest new talent in the UK with an absolute commitment to bringing such work to the stage. The Papatango New Writing Prize was launched in 2009, which is unique among new writing initiatives in guaranteeing its winner a full production on the professional stage. In 2014 Papatango opened the inaugural position of Resident Playwright, supported with a BBC Theatre Fellowship. Papatango discoveries have gone on to premiere worldwide.
Papatango people and projects have won the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award, the OffWestEnd Most Promising Playwright Award and the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award.
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George is an actor and director.
On stage his acting credits include Unscorched (Papatango at the Finborough Theatre), Batman in Batman Live (World Arena Tour), Romeo and Juliet (Middle Temple Hall), The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal Bath/West End), Christmas Reloaded (Papatango at the Old Red Lion Theatre) and Potentials (Papatango at the Tristan Bates Theatre). Television includes Endeavour and Which is Witch?
As Director his credits include Leopoldville (Papatango at the Tristan Bates Theatre) and Angel (Papatango at the Pleasance Islington and the Tristan Bates Theatre).
Chris read English at Oxford University and subsequently trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama. His productions outside Papatango include The Keepers of Infinite Space (Park Theatre), Happy New (Trafalgar Studios), The Fear of Breathing (Finborough Theatre and Akasaka Red Theatre, Tokyo), Tejas Verdes (Edinburgh Festival), I Didn’t Always Live Here (Finborough Theatre) and The Madness of George III (Oxford Playhouse).
Chris has also worked on productions with HighTide Festival Theatre, Bush Theatre, Theatre 503 and the Old Vic Theatre, where he was a producer on the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and an assessor for the T.S. Eliot Commissions.
Matt trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and for Papatango has performed in The Muse (Pleasance Islington and Tristan Bates Theatre), Christmas Reloaded (Old Red Lion Theatre) and Crush (Finborough Theatre).
As a playwright his one-act plays The Muse, Risk and Treading Water have been staged at the Soho Theatre, the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, Theatre 503, the Pleasance Theatre and the Tristan Bates Theatre. His full-length play Blackpool was staged as part of the 2012 Vibrant Festival at the Finborough Theatre.
Matt also directed Papatango’s first ever prize-winning play, Dominic Mitchell’s debut play Potentials (Tristan Bates Theatre).
Sam graduated in English from the University of Liverpool before training at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London. His credits as an actor include the Olivier-nominated Room On The Broom (West End, UK, US and International Tours), Salome (Headlong), Erics (Liverpool Everyman), Billy The Kid (Unicorn Theatre) and Walking on Water (Theatre Centre) for which he won the Dorothy L Sayers Award.
Television includes Brookside, The Bill and Doctors.
He has taught drama for over 15 years and founded Performers Theatre School in Liverpool in 2002. He has delivered his own drama syllabus to complement the curriculum in a National Teaching School as well as designing and delivering Shakespeare projects for year six pupils for the last two years.
Jonny trained at East15 Acting School, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Acting and Community Theatre. He is an associate of Attic Theatre Company.
Theatre credits includes Happee (Roundhouse), Retz (Shoreditch Town Hall), I Didn’t Always Live Here (Finborough Theatre), Bush Bazaar (Bush Theatre), Sparks Will Fly (Olympic Ceremonies), Awful Weather (Clifftown Theatre, Southend) and Under Milk Wood (Edinburgh Festival).
As well as acting and directing, Jonny delivers drama workshops in prisons, young offender institutes and hostels.
Jessica read English at Oxford University where her productions include Bloody Poetry (Keble O’Reilly Theatre) and Mephisto (Oxford Playhouse) which transferred to the International Student Drama Festival 2013. She produced The State Vs John Hayes (Hen and Chickens Theatre) and a touring production of The Comedy of Errors which played at the Southwark Playhouse, Yvonne-Arnaud Theatre and the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in Japan.
Howard Davies, Jeremy Gold, David Suchet, Zoe Wanamaker, Andrew Welch
Colin Barr, Matt Charman, Tamara Harvey, Catherine Johnson, Jeremy Kingston, Con O’Neill, Tanya Tillett
“Working with Papatango was just a phenomenal experience. I feel enormously privileged to have been plucked from obscurity to win the prize, and to have had so many talented people working on every aspect of the production. If you’re thinking of entering, definitely do. Three months ago I had never had any of my work produced. Today I sit here with (it seems) a writing career ahead of me. And for that I owe a huge debt of gratitude to team Papatango.” – Luke Owen, winner of the 2013 Prize for Unscorched
Since opening in 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize has enjoyed enormous success, guaranteeing its winner a full four week production on the professional stage, with a playtext published by Nick Hern Books.
May, 27, was born in Edinburgh and has taken part in several young writers’ programmes, including most recently the Royal Court Theatre’s invitation-only studio group. He has also been attached to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Hull Truck Theatre.
In 2013, May’s comedy THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS was shortlisted for the Channel 4/Oran Mor Comedy Drama Award. In 2012 his play BACK HOME CONTEMPLATION was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award and was runner up in the Papatango New Writing Prize. Previous award recognition includes being shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award (2011), the BBC’S Alfred Bradley Award (2011), OffWestEnd’s Adopt a Playwright Award (2010 and 2009), reaching the final round of Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award (2011) and winning the BBC’s inaugural Scriptroom competition (2012).
He is an alumnus of Old Vic New Voices and a member of Theatre Centre’s Skylines Project.
“Papatango takes massive risks on emerging theatre-makers – they are always one step ahead of the game. Their energy and initiative are tremendous and they have gone from strength to strength.”
Blanche McIntyre, winner of the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award for directing 2011 Papatango Prize-winner Foxfinder
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