SUCHET AND FELLOWES TO JUDGE NEW RATTIGAN PLAY AWARD
The Deadline has now passed – no more entries will be accepted.
HUGE SUCCESS for The Terence Rattigan Society Award for a new play for the theatre.
Update – September, 2016.
The Society is delighted to announce that one hundred and ninety seven (197) eligible scripts have arrived. Receipt of the first one hundred and twenty three of these scripts has already been acknowledged. These first 123 scripts have already been sent out to our readers and several of them have gained high marks and some most encouraging reports have been received. If you have sent us a script but have not yet received an acknowledgement, please bear with us. It is taking more time than we anticipated to deal with the large amount received.
Each submission, providing it fulfils the criteria stipulated, will be read, anonymously, by two readers. Based on the reports of these two readers, who will have no knowledge of the other reader’s report, the interim judges will then select a Longlist of 20 best plays.
The 20 best plays will go on to be read by a third reader and eventually a shortlist of three plays will be selected and sent to the Final Judges – Thea Sharrock, Julian Fellowes, David Suchet and Professor Dan Rebellato.
We cannot say just yet when the final results will be announced. Please watch this space…
Poirot actor DAVID SUCHET and Downton Abbey creator JULIAN FELLOWES are amongst four judges for a new play award to honour Sir Terence Rattigan’s unique contribution to British drama.
The Terence Rattigan Society Award is one of the few given for a new play for the theatre. The award winner will receive £2,500 and the play will be guaranteed a professional production of no less than six performances at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Kent in the Summer of 2017. Equally attractive is the second prize of £1,000 and a guaranteed rehearsed reading. The other judges are director, Thea Sharrock and academic and Rattigan expert, Professor Dan Rebellato.
Welcoming the award, David Suchet said: “I’m thrilled that the Terence Rattigan Society is offering an award for a new play in his name. As one of this country’s true masters of the dramatists’ craft, it is a fitting tribute to his enormous contribution to the theatre”.
His fellow judge Julian Fellowes commented: “Terence Rattigan is one of England’s greatest playwrights whose light was hidden under a bushel for far too long before his recent rediscovery. An award in his name, dedicated to finding new talent and bringing it out of the darkness for the public to enjoy, seems only fitting.”