We’ve had an exciting few weeks at White Slate Theatre. Not only did Re: Production kick off in Brighton for 4 shows, we received a fabulous **** review from Broadway Baby (read here) & our very own playwright Jenna May Hobbs was nominated for an award for the show!
The New Writing South Best New Play Award is given to a playwright in recognition of an outstanding, original theatre script. Over forty plays were put forward for the award. All the scripts were read, 15 of them were then seen in performance and from that a short list of 5 was formed.
The standard was very high this year and there were many plays that interested the panel of judges. The 5 shortlisted plays all exhibited skillful storytelling and ambitious ideas.
The shortlisted plays were:
Jenna May Hobbs – Re: Production
Helen Seymour – To Helen Back
Luke Ofield – The Writers’ Bloc
Richard Hearn – The Missing Special
Paul Macauley – Bug Camp (Winner)
We were exceptionally pleased to be one of two female playwrights in the shortlistings and to be nominated alongside another Canterbury artist, the amazing spoken-word poet and playwright Helen Seymour, whose show To Helen Back we saw at this year’s Wisewords Festival.
On Re: Production New Writing South said:
“Skillfully told (very much at junction of storytelling and theatre) – equally grounded and playful, with nice detailing and wit.”