The Bruntwood Prize Blog or 'What does a great play feel like?'
I hugely enjoyed reading for the Bruntwood Prize. It is an exceptional opportunity to get a strong feel for the energy, emotions and concerns of emerging playwrights in the UK. There were lots of plays about entrapment. An awful lot of work addressed an unknown evil, lurking beyond the safety of indoors. This idea of an 'off-stage' evil has always been popular in playwrighting but this theme was exceptionally popular this time round. It seems that a lot of people feel angry, isolated and neglected by those supposedly in control.
I'm not sure I read a single comedy. We need more comic writers, willing to explore serious stuff.
I wrote a blog about the reading process, which you can read here: