The Bruntwood Prize Roadshow
The Bruntwood Prize is the search for great new plays. Run in conjunction with the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, it is the biggest national competition of its kind, with many of the winning plays having been produced, both at the Royal Exchange Theatre and beyond. In the last year, over 50,000 audience members have seen Bruntwood winning work.
In the run up to the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013, the people behind the prestigious competition are running a series of workshops to help you put pen to paper, create stories on stage and bring your ideas and imagination to life. Workshops will be run by Bruntwood Prize winning playwrights (see below). Hull Truck is proud to announce that we are hosting one of these workshops.
20th October 2012 - 10.30am - 1.30pm - Workshop with Ben Musgrave
Ben Musgrave grew up in Britain, Bangladesh and India. PRETEND YOU HAVE BIG BUILDINGS won first prize in the inaugural Bruntwood Playwriting Competition. The play was performed in the main house of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in July 2007, as part of the Manchester International Festival. The play has been translated into German. He was subsequently commissioned by the National Theatre. His commission for Y Touring, BREATHING COUNTRY, in association with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Wellcome Trust, toured the country in 2009-10, and was shortlisted for the Theatre Centre Brian Way award for the Best New Play for Young People. In 2009, he worked with David Watson and Paula Stanic on a piece for Only Connect - PANCRAS BOYS CLUB. His play for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Exams are Getting Easier, was performed by the Young REP in April 2010. Ben is currently working with TheatreScience and Imperial College on a play about HIV in Uganda. His afternoon play for Radio 4, The British Club, starring Sanjeev Bhaskar and Samantha Bond, was broadcast in March 2012, and his new play for Only Connect, His Teeth, performed in October 2011. It was Evening Standard and Time Out Critics' Choice, and was nominated for an Offwestend.com award for best new play. He teaches creative writing at Westminster University, and is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire. He was a member of the FORUM OF YOUNG EUROPEAN PLAYWRIGHTS (Wiesbaden, Germany, 2008), and is currently supported by a grant from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Other plays include: LATER, Paines Plough, Trafalgar Studios, 2007, 2008; THE MELANCHOLY HUSSAR (a free adaptation of the Thomas Hardy story), Etcetera Theatre Camden 2003; LOVE BETWEEN TWO SHELVES, ADC Theatre Cambridge 2003 and a co-written adaptation of A TALE OF TWO CITIES which was presented in London and Paris in 2001.
The cost to attend this workshop is £5, and places are extremely limited so don't delay - to express interest and confirm your place, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Bruntwood Workshop' in your subject heading.
The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013 will be open for submissions in January 2013. Keep an eye out for more information on writeaplay.co.uk from 25 September 2012.
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