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James Tait Black Prize for Drama: The Award Ceremony

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.

Thought-provoking plays exploring themes of criminal justice, race and the dark side of social media have been shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama.

The three diverse productions nominated for the international prize - which is linked to the UK's oldest literary awards - were selected from more than 80 entries worldwide. 

Contenders for the Prize this year feature plays that explore the sexual politics of the Notting Hill Carnival and examine the ownership of Black bodies online and in real life.

Also in the running is an experimental piece that probes the impact of the criminal justice system on people's life experiences.

The three plays shortlisted are:

  • [BLANK] by Alice Birch co-produced by Clean Break and Donmar Warehouse
  • J'Ouvert by Yasmin Joseph produced by Theatre503
  • seven methods of killing kylie jenner  by Jasmine Lee-Jones produced by Royal Court Theatre with support from Jerwood Arts

The winner of the Prize will be announced in September and will take place via an online film this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The drama prize is presented by the University of Edinburgh in association with Playwrights' Studio, Scotland and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

The James Tait Black Prize for Drama was launched in 2012, when Britain's longest-running literary awards were extended to include a category for drama.

Past Prizes Winners:

2019: Dance Nation by Clare Barron
Lions and Tigers by Tanika Gupta
 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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