Photo Flash: Lucy Kirkwood Presented with Berwin Lee Playwrights Award
At a ceremony which took place last night (Monday 4 November 2013), playwright Lucy Kirkwood became the first UK recipient of the Berwin Lee London New York Playwrights, Inc. Award.
Earlier this year, Dorothy Berwin, Mark Lee and Tom Kirdahy announced the inaugural winners of the first annual Berwin Lee Playwrights Award - an award created to foster and promote the craft of playwriting in both the United Kingdom and the United States and to encourage the writing and production of plays.
The 2013 winners Lucy Kirkwood (UK) and Bathsheba Doran (US) have each now received a $25,000 award. They were chosen unanimously by the three award trustees based in part on recommendations from the Artistic Directors of The Royal Court Theatre in London and the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York. Each recipient received the award in the form of a commission, with no specific time frame attached so they have the freedom to write without restriction.
In 2005 Lucy Kirkwood wrote and starred in her first play, Grady Hot Potato, at the Bedlam Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. The play was also selected for the National Student Drama Festival. The following year she took two productions of her second play,Geronimo to the Edinburgh Fringe, under the title The Umbilical Project. Her third play, Guns or Butter, about soldiers being overcome by the horror of war, was written for the Terror 2007 Festival at the Union Theatre in London. Tinderbox, a dark comedy set in a fictional 21st Century England, premiered at the Bush Theatre in 2008. In the same year she also contributed to the Bush's 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover. Her version of Ibsen'sHedda Gabler, entitled Hedda, premiered at London's Gate Theatre in 2008. Kirkwood's promenade play about sex trafficking, It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It Is Alright Now, was produced by Clean Break Theatre at the Arcola theatre. Her short horror piece Psychogeography premiered at the Bush in 2008 and was revived at Southwark Playhouse. Her play NSFW premiered at The Royal Court Theatre in October 2012 and last month Kirkwood's critically acclaimed Chimerica completed a West End run at the Harold Pinter Theatre, following its world premiere at the Almeida in May.
The Advisory Board comprises Matia Arena Bell, Sandra Brant, Dominic Cooke,Gary Garrison, Joyce Hytner, Cherry Jones, Mel Kenyon, Donna Murphy andJohn Tiffany. Berwin Lee London New York Playwrights, Inc. was founded in 2012 by Dorothy Berwin and Mark Lee.
Nicholas Berwin, Jonathan Kent, Pete Eyre and Dorothy Berwin. Photo Credit Dan Wooller/wooller.com
Mel Kenyon and Lucy Kirkwood. Photo Credit: Dan Wooller/wooller.com