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Are you a full time theatre professional?

Have you always wanted to write a play?


The Adrian Pagan Playwright Award is specifically for theatre professionals who do not describe themselves as playwrights (actors, directors, designers, stage managers, producers, ushers) to showcase their writing talent. The King's Head Theatre is launching the award to recognise such theatre professionals and their writing, with the winner being selected by a panel of industry judges and produced by the King's Head Theatre.

There are four simple criteria:

1.The play is to have a maximum of 6 actors

2.The play is full length, at least 1 hour in duration

3.You have not had a play produced professionally

4.You are not a playwright but work in ANY ROLE full-time as a theatre professional

Submissions for the inaugural 2013 competition are now closed.

We are delighted to announce the winner of the inaugural Adrian Pagan Playwright Award as Thomas Pickles, for his play Dead Party Animals.

The award was judged by David Lan, Mark Ravenhill, Mike Bradwell, Nina Steiger and Julia Tyrell.

Winner Thomas Pickles is an actor from East Lancashire. Thomas will receive a £2,000 prize, kindly donated by Adrian Pagan's mother, Mary Pagan, and a full production of Dead Party Animals will be produced at The Hope Theatre (the King's Head Theatre's New Writing venue) in May 2014.

Biography: Thomas is an actor from East Lancashire. Since graduating from the Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance a year ago, Thomas has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Derby Theatre and filmed episodes of Casualty and Doctors.

Synopsis: "Will you be with me forever? I've thought about forever and it doesn't seem that long." Dead Party Animals is a wildly poetic, atmospheric and vivid story of polo tops, lip gloss, free shots and slutdrops.

The short list for the Award was made up of 5 plays. The other shortlisted plays were:

Remi Rachuba – The Visitor
Isobel Middleton – Dissolution
Gina Gough – Kitchen Sinking
Isaac Ssebandeke – My Darling Wife


Click here to read The Stage's coverage of the Adrian Pagan Playwright Award.




The playwright Adrian Pagan was educated at Charterhouse, the Sorbonne, Imperial College London, and RADA, where he trained in stage management. He worked as a stage manager at the Bush theatre, west London, in the mid-1990s. He shone for his wit, intelligence and understanding of the creative processes that bring a new play to life.

Meanwhile, he was privately hard at work on a play of his own. His career changed direction when he won the Verity Bargate award for The Backroom in 1996. Soho Theatre produced the play in a new writing festival at the Pleasance theatre in 1998, and it was picked up and further developed for a fully-fledged production at the Bush Theatre in the summer of 1999. It was a beautifully acted and directed production of a beautifully crafted play, which packed the Bush to the rafters.

Its success resulted in Adrian getting the call to move from theatre into television. He cut his TV writing teeth on Family Affairs and Night and Day before moving on to those small-screen institutions The Bill, Where the Heart Is and Holby City.

At the time of his death in 2007, aged 39, he was working on numerous new projects, including a series adaptation of The Backroom, a return to stage drama, and even a panto for the alternative cabaret venue at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

The Backroom was described variously by critics as "disgracefully funny", "refreshingly non-judgmental", "flash and funny" and as having "much winning tenderness" and "flawless comic shine". The play was revived in a sell-out extended season which opened The Cock Tavern Theatre in 2009.