Black Theatre Live


Verity Bargate Award 2017 open for applications

21 April 2017

Submissions open on 31 May 2017 and close on 5 July 2017 (12pm). Scripts submitted outside of this period will not be considered.

The award is open to anyone resident in the UK or Ireland.

Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). There is no restriction to subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text submitted.

The winner of the award will be expected to attend an announcement event later in the year.

This year the Award is sponsored by production company Character 7 and one writer will be offered the opportunity to develop their storytelling skills for TV drama. The Character 7 prize will be a separate agreement between Character 7 and the chosen writer.

The judges’ decision is final and we cannot enter into correspondence concerning the result.

The following are not eligible: playwrights with three or more professional productions to their credit (defined as those produced under ITC/TMA/WGGB contracts), plays commissioned by Soho Theatre, previous Verity Bargate Award winners and plays that have already been considered by Soho Theatre’s literary department. Submitted plays must be unencumbered and available.


The play must have a title page with the author’s name, address, email address and telephone number. In addition, writers must include a **CV including listing of all works written/produced, when and where. Plays will only be accepted by email, in a PDF format, other formats cannot be accepted. We are not able to consider any other supporting material including music, video, or images.

Please email your submission to VERITY BARGATE AWARD [email protected], within the dates stated above.

**If this is your first play and you don’t have a writers’ CV, please mention this in your submission email.

‘It’s impossible to get anything in front of an audience in this city without selling a limb. Soho Theatre gave me my acting and my writing debut.’  Phoebe Waller-Bridge, star of Verity Bargate Award-winning The One by Vicky Jones