James Tait Black Prize for Drama: The Award Ceremony

The James Tait Black Prize for Drama culminates at The Traverse on Monday 19 August with a special event announcing this year's winner.

Join the playwrights nominated for this prestigious prize for an afternoon of plays, before the winner is revealed!

This year's shortlisted plays are:

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

Last year, Tanika Gupta's Lions and Tigers, a deeply personal play based on the true story of her great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta, was the sixth 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.

Past Prizes Winners:

2018: 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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