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2019 Winning Playwright

Leah Gasson

Number of Entries

167 submitted internationally

Date for 2020 submissions

To be announced soon

The Requirements

The Platform Presents Playwright’s Prize was founded to nurture and provide more opportunities for playwrights. A call for writers to enter went out in November 2018 with the launch of tickets for the Poetry Gala. The deadline for entries was February 15th 2019. 167 plays were entered from London to New York to Melbourne, and shortlisted to 10 by the Platform Presents Co-Founders and a script editor.

The shortlisted scripts were judged by a panel of industry experts in March, including Adam Speers (Executive Producer, ATG Productions), Caitlin Ryan (EMEA Regional Director, Creative Shop, Facebook), David Eldridge (Playwright, ‘Beginning’ National Theatre, ‘Holy Warriors’ The Globe, ‘In Basildon’ Royal Court Theatre & ‘The Knot of the Heart’ Almeida Theatre & Screenwriter), Jessica Ronane CDG (Casting Director, The Old Vic & Jessica Ronane Casting), Justin Martin (Director, ‘The Jungle’, Associate Director, ‘The Inheritance’ & Netflix’s ‘The Crown’), Mary Laws (Playwright, ‘Blueberry Toast, Screenwriter, AMC’s ‘Preacher’ & HBO’s ‘The Crown’ & lead writer and Executive Producer on Hulu’s ‘An Anthology of North American Monsters’), Nadia Latif (Associate Director, The Young Vic), Nadine Rennie CDG, (Casting Director, Soho Theatre), Nancy Durrant (Arts Commissioning Editor, The Times), Nicholas Pinnock (Actor, ITV’s ‘Marcella’, Starz’s ‘Counterpart’, and Poet).

The winner, Leah Gasson, received £5,000 in prize money raised at the Poetry Gala, and Platform Presents is currently working on bringing her play to a London stage with a formidable team: playwright and screenwriter, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm who is helping to dramaturg it (‘Emilia’, Vaudeville Theatre), director Justin Martin (The Jungle, The Playhouse Theatre) and Casting Director Jessica Ronane (The Old Vic). On 11th July we produced a play reading of ‘That Awful Sound’ supported by the Ambassadors Theatre Group starring; Jessie Buckley, Luke Treadaway, Erin Doherty, Aimee Lou Wood, Haydn Gwynne, Pearce Quigley and Karl Queensborough. ‘That Awful Sound’ is now in development for the stage and screen.