Drama prize longlist announced

The longlist for a drama prize associated with Britain’s oldest literary awards has been announced.

The 14 nominations for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama - chosen from more than 180 plays world-wide - showcase a range of diverse productions from a mix of new and established writers.

The drama prize was launched in 2012 by the University in partnership with the National Theatre Scotland and in association with the Traverse Theatre.

International competition

This year the longlist includes plays by writers from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well as from the US and Canada.

There is a repeat nomination for Dawn King (a runner up last year for her play Foxfinder), and an unprecedented double nomination for Aditi Brennan Kapil for parts I and II of her US trilogy of plays about displaced Hindu Gods.

Scottish playwrights win the most nominations, with plays by David Harrower, David Leddy Rob Drummond and AJ Taudevin on the longlist.

It is a very exciting longlist of plays, all of which have had a major impact on audiences. I very much look forward to the challenge of selecting a winner.”

Neil MurrayExecutive Producer at The National Theatre of Scotland

Prestigious prize

Judges award the £10,000 prize to the best new English-speaking play, which they consider demonstrates an original theatrical voice and makes a significant contribution to the art form.

It is judged by postgraduate students and academics from the University. The shortlist will be announced in July 2014.

Last year the prize was awarded to Tim Price for his acclaimed play The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning.

We are delighted to celebrate the work of playwrights for a second year.

Nicola McCartneyPlaywright and lecturer at the University

Award ceremony

There will be an award ceremony at the Traverse Theatre on 11 August at 6pm, which the public are welcome to attend.

The event will be hosted by Joyce McMillan, one of the UK’s most esteemed arts writers and theatre critics.

As well as the presentation of the James Tait Black Prize for Drama to the winner, there will be an opportunity to hear extracts from the three short listed plays, read by a company of actors and produced by the National Theatre of Scotland.

Longlist in full

The 14 nominated plays are:

  • Grounded by George Brant, produced by The Gate Theatre, London
  • The Chronicles of Kalki by Aditi Brennan Kapil, produced by Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis. Staged as Part I of a trilogy called Displaced Hindu Gods by Aditi Brennan Kapil
  • Brahman/I by Aditi Brennan Kapil , produced by Mixed Blood Theatre. Part II of Displaced Hindu Gods
  • Quiz Show by Rob Drummond, produced by Traverse Theatre Company
  • Ciara by David Harrower, produced by Traverse Theatre Company and Datum Point Productions
  • Ciphers by Dawn King, an Out of Joint, Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre co-production
  • Sequence by Arun Lakra, produced by Downstage Theatre and Hit & Myth
  • Long Live the Little Knife by David Leddy, originally commissioned and presented by Fire Exit Ltd at Tramway, Glasgow
  • Cannibals by Rory Mullarkey, produced by the Royal Exchange, Manchester
  • Desolate Heaven by Ailis Ni Riain, produced by Theatre 503
  • Three Birds by Janice Okoh, Produced by The Royal Exchange Theatre in association with the Bush Theatre.
  • Perfect Match by Gary Owen, produced by Watford Palace Theatre
  • Some Other Mother by AJ Taudevin, produced in association with The Tron Theatre in Glasgow, Scottish Refugee Council & supported by Stellar Quines & On Fife
  • Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, produced by DryWrite Theatre Company

James Tait Black Prizes

Founded in 1919, the James Tait Black Prizes are the Britain’s oldest literary awards and one of the world’s most prestigious.

Past winners include DH Lawrence, Graham Greene and Ian McEwan.

This is the second year the prizes have been extended to dramatic work.

Related Links

The James Tait Black Prizes

MSc Playwrighting - prospective students

National Theatre of Scotland

Traverse Theatre