Archive for November, 2023

Our new writer on attachment for 2024, Shahid Iqbal Khan

Posted on: November 27th, 2023 by ppEditor

We’re delighted to announce that playwright Shahid Iqbal Khan will join Team Paines Plough on attachment in 2024.

We fell in love with Shahid’s writing when reading and seeing his play 10 Nights (a Tamasha / Graeae and Bush Theatre co-production) and have hoped to work with him ever since. While on attachment to us, he will write one full-length play, and via his base in Bury, will extend our team’s reach in seeing and championing new plays around the country.

Shahid joins our Fellowship recipient Somebody Jones as a new addition to Team PP. Both of them will bring their bold and brilliant voices to represent writers at the heart of our company over the next year.

Find out more about Shahid at this link.

This attachment was made possible by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and the Film4 Awards scheme, which celebrate and support emerging British writing talent.

Shortlist announced for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2023

Posted on: November 24th, 2023 by ppEditor

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, produced by Ellie Keel and Paines Plough, today announces the 20 shortlisted scripts for The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2023, selected from 1,002 entries. Launched in 2019, the Prize is designed to celebrate and support exceptional playwrights who identify as female or non-binary by providing them with a national platform.

In this third year of a prize celebrating the extraordinary talent of female and non-binary playwrights, the standard of work continues to inspire us. It was an enormous pleasure to read plays from such an impressive longlist making it extremely difficult to select just 20. This superb shortlist, a varied power house of wildly visual and epic story telling, is truly thrilling. We continue to feel so proud to have been able to read so many brilliant stories, and to celebrate the depth of writers in the UK. We are so excited to move forward in selecting this year’s finalists.

The shortlist in full is:

Find out more about the writers and their plays at this link.

The finalist plays will be announced in December. The winner(s) will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 24 January 2024.

The Prize is for a full-length play (defined as over 60 minutes in length), written in English, and the winning playwright wins £12,000 in respect of an option for Ellie Keel Productions and Paines Plough to co-produce the winning play. The Prize is sponsored by Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals company, who are the official publishing partner of the prize, and by commercial theatre producers Fiery Angel. The Founding Sponsor is the leading recruitment agency, PER.

The judges for this year’s Prize, chaired by Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre Indhu Rubasingham, are journalist Samira Ahmed, playwrights April de Angelis and Chris Bush, actor Noma Dumezweni, literary agent Mel Kenyon, journalist and critic Anya Ryan, Head of Play Development at the National Theatre, Nina Steiger, and Guardian Editor-in-Chief Katharine Viner.

Announcing the recipient of our 2023 Playwright Fellowship, Somebody Jones

Posted on: November 16th, 2023 by ppEditor

We’re delighted to announce the recipient of our 2023 Playwright Fellowship, Somebody Jones.

We were blown away when we first read Somebody’s play How I Learned to Swim in 2021 for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting and have followed her other work closely since then, championing her development as a playwright.

We’re delighted to now be announcing Somebody as our Fellowship writer, where during her attachment with Paines Plough she will have some time and space to explore new ideas and use this time to write a new play. She will also receive a bursary, mentorship from our Artistic Directors, and will be part of our office and programming team.

Somebody Jones is a Los Angeles native playwright/dramaturg, currently living, working, and dreaming in London. Jones’s work celebrates and champions Black culture in all of its charms and complexities. She primarily works within the genres of horror, magical realism, verbatim, and recently, Black fantasy. The name Somebody Jones means the more you run from your past, the more you’ll run into it.

Find out more about Somebody on her website: