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ALL YOU NEED IS A STORY

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Remarkable unearthers of new talent.” Fiona Mountford, The Evening Standard

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ABOUT

 

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.

 

 

Company Number 07365398
Registered Charity Number 1152789

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The Papatango New Writing Prize

 

“Knocks spots off much of the new writing I have seen.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

 

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.

 

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“A bold and often brilliant stab at something new.”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times

Our
productions

The Funeral Director

by Iman Qureshi (2018, Prize Winner)
Southwark Playhouse

Hanna

by Sam Potter (2018)
Arcola Theatre & UK tour

Trestle

by Stewart Pringle (2017, Prize Winner)
Southwark Playhouse

Orca

by Matt Grinter (2016, Prize Winner)
Southwark Playhouse

After Independence

by May Sumbwanyambe (2016)
Arcola Theatre

Tomcat

by James Rushbrooke (2015, Prize Winner)
Southwark Playhouse

Coolatully

by Fiona Doyle (2014, Prize Winner)
Finborough Theatre

Unscorched

by Luke Owen (2013, Prize Winner)
Finborough Theatre

Pack

by Louise Monaghan (2012, Prize Winner)
Finborough Theatre

Everyday Maps for Everyday Use

by Tom Morton-Smith (2012)
Finborough Theatre

Back Home Contemplation

by May Sumbwanyambe (2012)
Finborough Theatre

Photos of You Sleeping

by Jane Wainwright (2012)
Finborough Theatre

Foxfinder

by Dawn King (2011, Prize Winner)
Finborough Theatre

Through The Night

by Matt Morrison (2011), Finborough Theatre

Rigor Mortis

by Carol Vine (2011)
Finborough Theatre

Crush

by Rob Young (2011)
Finborough Theatre

Leopoldville

by Jacqueline McCarrick (2010, Prize Winner)
Tristan Bates Theatre

My Balloon Beats Your Astronaut

By Kerry Hood (2010)
Tristan Bates Theatre

The Ducks

by Michael McLean (2010)
Tristan Bates Theatre

Stuff

by John Seymour (2010)
Tristan Bates Theatre

Christmas Reloaded

by Philip Gawthorne (2009)
Old Red Lion

Potentials

by Dominic Mitchell (2009, Prize Winner)
Tristan Bates Theatre

The Muse

by Matt Roberts (2008)
Pleasance Islington & Tristan Bates Theatre

Angel

by Matt Grinter (2008)
Pleasance Islington & Tristan Bates Theatre

 

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