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Liverpool playwriting prize calls on writers for funniest scripts

Organisers of the Liverpool Hope National Playwriting Prize are calling on writers to submit their funniest scripts.

A sizeable prize of £10,000 is on offer for the winning playwright, as well as the potential opportunity to bring their play to life on stage.

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize, a collaboration between Liverpool’s Royal Court and Liverpool Hope University, is the second largest national playwriting competition and provides a platform for new comedy plays and writers across the UK.

Scripts must be original and unperformed but writers of varying experience are welcome to enter.

Since 2015, The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize success stories include winners and highly commended writers who’ve go on to have their plays commissioned at theatres and auditoriums across the UK.

Last year, writer and actor Simon Bradbury was announced as winner of The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize for his play ‘The Last Act of Love of J B Moliere’. The Royal Court is currently in discussions with a number of venues about producing the play.

Comedian and writer Katie Mulgrew (pictured), the winner of the first Playwriting Prize in 2015, had her play ‘Omnibus’ commissioned last year at the Unity Theatre, while plays by the runners-up for that same year ran at the Park Theatre in London and Liverpool’s Capstone Theatre.

The deadline for entries is 22 July.

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

Lawrence is a journalist at Move Publishing. He can be contacted via email at lawrence@movepublishing.co.uk or by phone on 0151 709 3871.