Anoushka Warden's My Dad's a C*nt wins Platform Presents Playwright's Prize
Winner announced for the first ever online Playwright's Prize
Amy Lou Wood performing Anoushka Warden's My Dad's a C*nt
Anoushka Warden’s play My Dad’s a C*nt has won the 2020 Platform Presents Playwrights Prize.
Warden’s second play was announced as the winner of the £5,000 prize, beating four other finalists to the title.
My Dad’s a C*nt is Warden’s second play, following on from My Mum’s a Twat, which ran at the Royal Court in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Alongside the cash prize, she will receive ongoing mentoring from Platform Presents, which was founded by actor Gala Gordon and producer Isabella Macpherson.
Warden said: "Having my first play on I felt I had nothing to lose. I didn’t write it purposefully to be a play and it kind of happened by accident. The stakes felt low. But this is the first play I have
written on purpose, with a theatre space, actors and audience in mind, which made submitting it for others in the industry to read quite daunting.
"Having it recognised in this prize is brilliantly gratifying and quietens my sneaking worries that I was a jammy one-time writer."
The prize was founded in 2018 to offer more opportunities for new writers. The winner of the 2020 iteration, which received 200 entries, was due to be announced earlier this year but was delayed because of the pandemic.
Excerpts from each of this year’s finalists were recorded by actors during lockdown, with Warden’s play read by Sex Education star Aimee Lou Wood.
Other finalists included Kate Cortesi, Kate Vozella, Hew Rous-Eyre and Chris Thompson, while their plays were performed by actors including Dianna Agron, George MacKay, Aki Omoshaybi, Phoebe Fox, Kyle Soller and Pippa Bennett-Warner.
The other finalists were Lizzie Stern, Ted Malawer, Katie Burnett and Mona Pirnot.
The finalist films are available to watch here
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