From 1002 submissions, we’re thrilled to present our Final Five plays for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2023.

The plays are:

  • BELLRINGERS by Daisy Hall
  • LUMIN by Emma Gibson
  • INTELLIGENCE by Sarah Grochala
  • THE ANGELS WERE WORMS by Shaan Sahota
  • KING TROLL (THE FAWN) by Sonali Bhattacharyya

Reading for the Prize this year has been a truly enriching experience and a privilege. Over 1000 writers shared their work, writers of unquestionable talent who we will continue to champion outside of the parameters of the Prize.

Getting to the final five was never going to be an easy task, especially from a shortlist of plays that were superb, ambitious and thrilling. We could not be prouder to submit these five plays to our esteemed panel of judges who now have the task of selecting a winner. They are of astounding quality, from edge of the seat thrillers, to highly provocative, visual and magically real dramas.

A huge congratulations to all the finalists. To us, they are all winning plays that we know would bring joy to audiences and fill theatres.

Lastly, another thank you to the shortlisted writers and all the writers who submitted this year, and to the incredible team of readers we have worked with, we are emphatically grateful to you all for sharing your work with us.