Papatango discover, produce and publish brilliant playwrights, launching the best new talent with maximum impact. We inspire artists and audiences that theatre is open to anyone, regardless of background.
Our discoveries have won BAFTAs, Alfred Fagon, Off West End and RNT Foundation Playwright awards, premiering in over 20 countries worldwide. Our free playwriting training reaches over 4000 people a year. Our unique commitment to give feedback on every script we receive – over 1500 a year – and our unprecedented travel bursaries ensure that anyone, anywhere, can access new writing.
Because all you need is a story.
Opening in 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize was the first – and remains the only – annual playwriting award in the UK to guarantee an emerging playwright a full production on the professional stage. It provides a royalty of 10% of the gross box office and publication by Nick Hern Books, as well as a full commission to support a follow-up play.
As well as giving one brilliant writer an unrivalled opportunity, the Prize is unique in giving feedback to all entries. No other company makes such an investment in emerging playwrights.
The 2018 Prize received 1384 scripts, meaning Papatango continue to receive more plays, by average annual entries, than any other award, and was won by The Funeral Director by Iman Qureshi.
“I’m bursting with delight, and so grateful to Papatango for taking a leap of faith on a story so very close to my heart. When I wrote a play about a gay Muslim woman who runs a funeral home, I did worry that theatres would see it as ‘too niche’ to ever put in front of an audience. But we should never feel our stories don’t have value. Winning this prestigious national prize reaffirms the fact that even stories deeply rooted in a specific culture or community have the power to appeal to our shared humanity.” Iman Qureshi, 2018 Prize winner.