Game shows, gangsters and online dating add drama to longlist.
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.
Scottish playwrights win the most nominations, with plays by David Harrower, David Leddy Rob Drummond and AJ Taudevin on the longlist.
Contemporary themes explored in the 14 plays include counterfeiters, TV Quiz shows and child abuse, online dating, surveillance, gangsters, pornography and immigration.
The winner will be announced at 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.
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.
The longlisted 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 Paines Plough and Oran Mor, Glasgow
- 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
Neil Murray, Executive Producer at The National Theatre of Scotland said:
“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.”
The drama prize was launched in 2012 by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the National Theatre Scotland and in association with Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre.
The drama prize is judged by postgraduate students and academics from the University of Edinburgh. The shortlist will be announced in July 2014.
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