New Writing | Winter 2013


In Partnership with the Finborough Theatre

Tuesday, 29 October – Saturday, 23 November 2013

The winner of the fifth Papatango New Writing Prize.

The winner will receive a full four-week run at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre in November 2013, following a development week at the Bristol Old Vic, and the script of the play will be published by Nick Hern Books.

The winner will be announced on 1 August 2013.

For details of how to enter, please visit the Papatango section of our Literary page.

This year's judges will be the four members of Papatango – Matt Roberts, George Turvey, Sam Donovan and Chris Foxon, together with Neil McPherson – Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre, Francis Grin – Literary Manager of the Finborough Theatre and Reen Polonsky – Senior Reader of the Finborough Theatre. In a development from previous years, all entries will be judged entirely anonymously.

Last year’s competition received over 700 entries, and previous winners of the Papatango New Writing Prize include Dawn King’s Foxfinder which was one of The Independent’s Top Five Plays of the Year, won playwright Dawn King a prestigious Pearson Award bursary through the Finborough Theatre, won the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award for director Blanche McIntyre, and was nominated for OffWestEnd Awards for Best New Play and Best Male Performance, and Pack by Louise Monaghan, which Michael Billington of The Guardian said “knocks spots off much of the new writing I have seen”. The first winner of the Prize, Dominic Mitchell, is currently receiving huge acclaim for his BBC series In The Flesh, having been discovered and championed by Papatango who produced Potentials, his debut show.

Papatango was founded by co-Artistic Directors Matt Roberts, George Turvey and Sam Donovan in 2007, who were joined by producer Chris Foxon in 2012. The company's mission is to find the best and brightest new talent in the UK with an absolute commitment to bringing their work to the stage. Since then, Papatango have produced sixteen pieces of new writing in venues including the Tristan Bates Theatre, the Old Red Lion Theatre and the Pleasance London. 2009 saw the launch of their first Papatango New Writing Prize, which each year has gone from strength to strength. Since 2011, Papatango have been in partnership with and resident at the Finborough Theatre.


by Louise Monaghan

★★★★★ The Good Review
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ The Public Reviews

"Knocks spots off much of the new writing I have seen this year." Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN

"This fantastic production will hopefully ensure Monaghan a future life on the London stage." WhatsOnStage


by Dawn King

Time Out Critics' Choice
The Guardian Critics' Choice
★★★★★ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ Exuent
★★★★ Spoonfed
★★★★ Time Out

One of The Independent's Top Five Plays of 2011

Nominated for the OffWestEnd Award for 2011 for Best New Play

"In a wan year for new writing, Dawn King's play shines out like a beacon ... The most compelling new work I have seen this year." Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN

"A bold and often brilliant stab at something new." Dominic Maxell, THE TIMES

"Rich, rare and deeply unsettling ... a thrillingly original piece of writing." Sam Marlowe, TIME OUT

"An arresting and individual work that haunts the mind long after you've seen it." Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN

Papatango Theatre Company in partnership with the Finborough Theatre

Casting to be announced.