Papatango discover brilliant playwrights, launching the best new talent with maximum impact. Our unmatched commitment to staging new writers inspires artists and audiences at all levels that all you need is a story.
Our discoveries have won BAFTAs, Alfred Fagon, Off West End and RNT Foundation Playwright awards, and premiered worldwide. We run playwriting events for thousands of participants each year.
Our opportunities are anonymous, open to anyone in the UK and Ireland, and completely free.
Opening in 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize was the first – and remains the only – annual award in the UK to guarantee an emerging playwright a full production on the professional stage with box office royalties and publication by Nick Hern Books. In 2016 a full commission to support a follow-up play was added to the Prize.
The 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize has been won by Stewart Pringle for the play Trestle, from 1036 entries. Huge congratulations to Stewart, whose play will now premiere at Southwark Playhouse in November. Read more HERE.