Britain’s oldest literary awards are breaking new ground with a new theatre prize.
The shortlist for the first ever James Tait Black Prize for Drama has been unveiled.
The five nominations are an exciting mix of dramatic talent chosen from more than 180 plays from the UK and the rest of the world.
It is an incredibly strong shortlist, of bold, provocative plays – exactly what this award sets out to recognise.
The eclectic shortlist includes productions about military secrets leaked from Iraq and an unlikely love story set in a medical testing unit.
Other productions include an exploration of society’s attitudes to the human body, propaganda mechanisms used in the Chinese Cultural Revolution and a dystopian vision where nature collides with humanity.
The £10,000 prize recognises a play that displays an original theatrical voice.
The drama prize was launched last year by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the National Theatre Scotland and in association with Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre.
There will be a reading of the successful play produced by the National Theatre of Scotland at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre on 5 August at 7pm.
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Monday 5 August 2013, 7.00pm
Monday 5 August 2013, 9.30pm
Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre
We are thrilled by the response to the first year of our drama prize. The James Tait Black Awards are renowned for showcasing the very best of literature and we are delighted to celebrate the work of playwrights this year.