Today Four Colman Getty were in Manchester for the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
With prize money totalling £40,000, the prize, a joint venture between property company Bruntwood and the Royal Exchange Theatre, is the UK’s biggest playwriting competition. Since its inception in 2005, over 7,000 scripts have been entered, £160,000 has been awarded to 15 prize winning writers and eight winning productions have been staged.
South London playwright, Anna Jordan, won the £16,000 prize for her play Yen. A further three Judges’ Awards were awarded to Bird by Katherine Chandler, Rolling Stone by Chris Urch and So Here We Are by Luke Norris, who each receive £8,000.
Yen tells the story of two brothers, 16 year old Hench and 13 year old Bobbie, who live alone with their dog, Taliban, playing video games and watching porn. It is a play that explores lost childhood, lost innocence, love and violence with tragic consequences. Jordan was inspired by a story in a local paper about two boys who committed a hideous crime.
Speaking after the ceremony Anna said winning the award was the single most exciting moment of her life so far. As for her plans for the money – firstly she was going to pay off her debts, and then use the rest of it as a salary for the next year so she could concentrate on writing.
Chair of judges Dame Jenni Murray said of her work: ‘Yen is a play of great depth and relevance. In an incredibly dark world each of the characters are drawn with beautiful empathy, and a humanity which stood out to all the judges.’