Lancaster Playwriting Prize winner, Adam Kotwal, front first right with other shortlisted playwrights and the judges

Winner of the inaugural Lancaster Playwriting Prize joins Tamasha Playwrights Group 2019

A play about the aftermath of a terrorist attack has won the first ever Lancaster Playwriting Prize.

 

Breaking News was written by Adam Kotwal, a Lancaster University graduate from Bolton who received the prestigious prize during a special showcase at the city’s Dukes theatre. His tragicomedy focuses on a group of friends for whom life will never be the same after they witness a terrorist attack. It was a reaction to atrocities in Manchester, London and Paris. 

Adam has also won a £1,500 cash prize and will become a member of the Tamasha Playwrights group in 2019. As part of the Tamasha Playwrights group, Adam will receive tailored training and mentoring as he develops his career. He'll also receive travel support to attend weekly Tamasha Playwrights workshops in London from October 2018 to July 2019. 

Breaking News is the first play 24-year-old Adam has written and he was in total shock at winning the Prize. 

“Before entering this competition, I just wrote for my own amusement but I would love to be able to write full-time and this Prize has afforded me a unique opportunity,” Adam said.

The inaugural Lancaster Playwriting Prize aimed to discover new voices from culturally diverse backgrounds. As a touring company, Tamasha has been committed to nurturing new talent from across the UK, and a genuine need to find and champion regional voices.

Tamasha Artistic Director, Fin Kennedy said:  “At Tamasha we were thrilled with the standard of applications for the Lancaster Playwriting Prize’s inaugural year.

We were also struck by how many first-time writers had entered and how many had written new plays specially to enter. We seem to have tapped into some genuinely undiscovered diverse new writing talent in the region which is very exciting indeed.

We are looking forward to welcoming some of them as new members of our Tamasha Playwrights group and working with them all over the coming year.”

“At Tamasha we were thrilled with the standard of applications for the Lancaster Playwriting Prize’s inaugural year. We were also struck by how many first-time writers had entered and how many had written new plays specially to enter. We seem to have tapped into some genuinely undiscovered diverse new writing talent in the region, which is very exciting indeed. We are looking forward to welcoming some of them as new members of our Tamasha Playwrights group and working with them all over the coming year.”

Lancaster Playwriting Prize is an initiative arising out of the Cultural Partnership between Lancaster University and The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster. In its first year, the prize focused on BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) playwrights of any age or experience, resident in the North West and more than 30 plays were submitted.

It is supported by Tamasha and the actor and Lancaster University graduate, Lucy Briers who announced the winner at the showcase where guests heard extracts from all five shortlisted plays. Other judges were Fin, The Dukes Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon; Lancaster University Creative Writing lecturer, Tajinder Hayer; and Aisha Khan, Co-Artistic Director of Freedom Studios.