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James Tait Black for Drama: The Award Ceremony

The James Tait Black Prize for Drama culminated at The Traverse on Monday 20 August with a special event announcing this year's winner.

Join the playwrights nominated for this prestigious prize for an afternoon of plays, culminating in the winner being revealed!

This year's shortlisted plays:

The James Tait Black Prize for Drama celebrates innovative drama produced worldwide. The £10,000 prize is awarded to the play that most clearly demonstrates an original voice and makes a significant contribution to the artform.

Extracts from the shorlisted plays will be performed by a professional cast, followed by thought-provoking discussions with the playwrights about their work.

Last year, David Ireland's tragicomedy Cyprus Avenue, which explored the extremes of sectarianism in Northern Ireland, was the fifth play to win the accolade.

The James Tait Black Prizes are part of Britain's oldest book prizes - which were founded in 1919 - and awarded by the oldest centre for English Literature in the world at the University of Edinburgh.

The University has led the award since 2012, when the new category to celebrate playwriting was introduced.

Shereen _wall 300dpi (2) Shereen Nanjiani was the main presenter of STV's 'Scotland Today'  news programme for nearly twenty years and is still one the best known faces in broadcasting in Scotland. Since then she has been working with BBC Scotland where she has her own Saturday morning radio show "Shereen", a mix of topical chat and interviews. She also co-presents BBC 2 Scotland's Thursday evening current affairs show Timeline.


Shortlisted plays:

Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch

Three generations of women. For each, the chaos of what has come before brings with it a painful legacy.

"I have Stayed. I have Stayed - I have Stayed for as long as I possibly can."
Lions and Tigers by Tanika Gupta

Based on the true story of her great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta,  Lions and Tigers is Tanika Gupta's most personal play yet. It charts Dinesh Gupta's emotional and political awakening as this extraordinary 19 year old pits himself against the British Raj.
Glory on Earth by Linda McLean

Tuesday, 19 August, 1561, 9 a.m. Through the fog a ship arrives in Leith docks, and Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, steps ashore. She is eighteen and on her young shoulders rest the hopes of the Catholic establishment of Europe.
Locker Room Talk by Gary McNair 

Inspired by Donald Trump's leaked sexually aggressive comments, the show is a confronting exploration of the phenomenon the then presidential candidate later dismissed as 'locker room banter'. But can this be true? Is this simply a loathsome individual or one who speaks to a silent majority?

Past Prizes Winners:

2017:  Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland
Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen
2015Tomorrow Come Today by Gordon Dahlquist.
2014: Cannibals by Rory Mullarkey.
2013: The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price


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