The 2016 Prize


We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 Papatango New Writing Prize, from a staggering and record-breaking 1053 entries, is Orca by Matt Grinter.

Huge congratulations to Matt, and to the other shortlisted writers Gareth Jandrell, Sarah Pitard, Dean Poulter, and Chris Salt.

Thanks to all who entered; the quality of scripts was exceptional. Every entrant will be contacted with individual feedback in August 2016.

Orca will now undergo development before running at Southwark Playhouse from 2 – 26 November 2016, published by Nick Hern Books. Matt will also receive a commission to support a follow-up play in 2017.

“One girl, against the happiness of the whole village. Can you not see it has to be done?”

Midsummer. The village must choose a new Daughter to sail with the fishing boats and bless the waters, keeping the threat of the Orcas that roam the sea at bay for another year. Fan hopes with all her heart to be the one chosen, but her older sister Maggie is adamant she must never, never, go with the boats. Because something happened to Maggie out there. Because no one will admit it. Because sometimes the most beautiful places harbour the darkest secrets.

Orca is an incisive, unflinching insight into what makes a community tolerate the unthinkable.