We are delighted to announce that David Ireland won the 20th Meyer-Whitworth Award with his play Everything Between Us, selected from a shortlist of seven by a judging panel comprised of Kate Mosse, Rona Munro, Rebecca Gatward and Ursula Rani Sarma. A record 49 plays were nominated for the Award in total. David was awarded the £10,000 prize at an awards ceremony held at the National Theatre, London on 10 October 2011.
Photo Credit: Clare Parker
The Meyer Whitworth Award came to an end in 2011. The Royal National Theatre Foundation is currently investigating a new UK playwriting award and Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland have submitted a proposal to continue to manage any future award. We hope to bring you further news of this in the very near future.
With a prize fund of £10,000, the Meyer-Whitworth Award was one of the largest annual monetary prizes for playwriting in the UK. It intended to help further the careers of UK playwrights who are not yet established. The award was made to the writer whose play, in the Judges’ opinion, most satisfied the following description:
In 1908 the movement for a National Theatre joined forces with that to create a memorial to William Shakespeare. The result was the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Committee, which thereafter became the practical and legal embodiment of the campaign for a National Theatre.
The Meyer-Whitworth Award was set up to commemorate all those who were members of, or worked closely with, the SMNT. Many are household names. They are too numerous to list here, however, and the award bears the name of but two protagonists: Carl Meyer, a wealthy philanthropist who inaugurated the appeal fund with a donation of £70,000 in 1909 – a princely sum in those days – and Geoffrey Whitworth, who did so much to maintain the long campaign for the National Theatre as founder and director of the British Drama League and as Honorary Secretary to the SMNT from 1930 to 1951.
Previous winners are-
1991 Award inaugurated
1992 (1st Award): Roy MacGregor for Our Own Kind
1993 (2nd Award): Philip Ridley for The Fastest Clock in the Universe
1994 (3rd Award): Diane Samuels for Kindertransport
1995 (4th Award): Jointly – Terry Johnson for Hysteria & Billy Roche for The Cavalcaders
1996 (5th Award): Michael Wynne for The Knocky
1997 (6th Award): Conor McPherson for This Lime Tree Bower
1998 (7th Award): Jointly – Moira Buffini for Gabriel and Daragh Carville for Language Roulette
1999 (8th Award): David Harrower for Kill the Old Torture their Young
2000 (9th Award): Kate Dean for Down Red Lane
2001 (10th Award): Ray Grewal for My Dad’s Corner Shop
2002 (11th Award): Jointly – Gregory Burke for Gagarin Way and Henry Adam for Among Broken Hearts
2003 (12th Award): Gary Owen for Shadow of a Boy
2004 (13th Award): Owen McCafferty for Scenes from the Big Picture
2005 (14th Award): Steve Thompson for Damages
2006 (15th Award): Dennis Kelly for Osama the Hero
2007 (16th Award): Morna Pearson for Distracted
2008 (17th Award): Hassan Abdulrazzak for Baghdad Wedding
2009 (18th Award): Ali Taylor for Cotton Wool
2010 (19th Award): Natasha Langridge for Shraddha
2011 (20th Award): David Ireland for Everything Between Us
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Top image :: DYING FOR IT by David Cosgrove, SYT Productions, Photography: Anthony Brannan