James Tait Black Prize for Drama: The Award Ceremony
The James Tait Black Prize for Drama culminated at The Traverse on Monday 19 August with a special event announcing this year's winner.
This year's shortlisted plays were:
- Dance Nation by Clare Barron (Almeida Theatre)
- Richard III Redux [or] Sara Beer [is/not] Richard III by Kaite O'Reilly with Phillip B Zarrilli (The Llanarth Group)
- Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris (New York Theatre Workshop)
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 were performed by a professional cast, followed by thought-provoking discussions with the playwrights about their work.
Clare Barron's Dance Nation was the seventh play to win the James Tait Black Prize for Drama.
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.
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Past Prizes Winners:
2018: Lions and Tigers by Tanika Gupta
2017: Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland
2016: Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen
2015: Tomorrow Come Today by Gordon Dahlquist.
2014: Cannibals by Rory Mullarkey.
2013: The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price