CHRIS HARRIS AWARDED RICHARD CARNE AWARD AS PART OF THE NEW WELSH PLAYWRIGHT’S PROGRAMME

22 Nov 2016

We’re delighted to announce that Chris Harris has been selected as the recipient of the Richard Carne Award, marking the final phase of this year’s New Welsh Playwrights Programme. The Award consists of £1000 prize money and a further six months development support from the Sherman Theatre, culminating in a reading of his work Heterochromia in the Sherman Theatre’s Studio during April 2017.

Chris Harris said, “'I had never anticipated being the recipient of such a prestigious award. Now, with the invaluable tools and knowledge gained on the programme, equipped with just enough confidence, I can continue to make the work the best that it can be. I'm looking forward with both nerves and excitement at what lies in store..."

Our New Welsh Playwright’s Programme was launched in April 2016, supported by the Richard Carne Trust to develop the work and practice of Welsh or Wales-based writers.

Following its launch, the programme received over 100 applications with fourteen writers selected to attend eight weekly sessions designed to develop skills in writing for theatre led by award-winning playwright Brad Birch.

Talking about the programme Brad Birch said, “The intention behind the New Welsh Playwright Programme is to find the best new voices in Wales and hone their playwriting craft. Using a range of resources and stimuli - from texts (inside and outside theatre) to sound to visual arts - the Programme will push, provoke and hopefully inspire playwrights in a way that they might not have been before. It's the way that I have learnt and continue to learn."

What emerged from this period was a networked cohort of distinctive emerging writers with collaborative relationships forged throughout the process. The group were then given a further six weeks to put their learning into practice - submitting the first draft of a play, to be selected by the Sherman Theatre Creative Team, Brad Birch and The Richard Carne Trust as winner of the Richard Carne Award.

In addition to the winning work, the remaining two shortlisted scripts by Jacob Hodgkinson and Tracy Harris were generously awarded a further £500 each by the Richard Carne Trust in recognition of the high quality of work submitted for the prize.

Philip Carne of the Richard Carne Trust, said, "The Richard Carne Trust is very pleased to support the new playwrights’ workshops at The Sherman Theatre, and hope that this may lead to the creation of exciting new plays by Welsh-based writers - and the ultimate staging of their work. We’re committed to continuing our support of this exciting initiative to encourage Welsh-based artists."

For more information on the New Welsh Playwright’s Programme please contact Gethin Evans, Associate Director at the Sherman Theatre at gethin.evans@shermantheatre.co.uk

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