As the prestigious Nick Darke Award opens for entries, a new judging panel has been unveiled for 2017, including some of the industry’s top directors, producers and editors.

Jon Plowman, acclaimed TV and film producer responsible for The Office and French & Saunders, and Nina Raine, award-winning theatre director and playwright, join the distinguished group of judges this year.

Jon and Nina will be selecting the winning entry alongside Jeremy Howe, Drama Commissioning Editor for Radio 4; Molly Dineen, BAFTA and RTS award-winning documentary maker; Roger Michell, theatre, television and film director whose work includes Notting Hill and Changing Lanes; Margaret Matheson, cinema and television producer; and Nick Hern, London’s leading independent specialist publisher of plays, theatre books and screenplays.

Now in its tenth year, the Award celebrates the life of Cornish playwright, Nick Darke.

Committed to supporting and promoting new writing for stage, it is fitting that the Award is funded by Falmouth University, the UK’s top university for the creative industries, through its Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and the School of Writing & Journalism. Open to all national and international writers aged 16 or over, the £6,000 Award provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

Dr Niamh Downing, Head of English & Writing at Falmouth University said, “It is a great honour that such inspirational and influential industry leaders want to be part of the Award. It is a reflection of the high regard in which Nick, and the awards that were established in his name, are held within the industry.

“Previous years have seen a wide spectrum of entries from all over the world and covering all genres. Prize winners have gone on to have their plays performed in theatres across the country and we’re really excited to start reading this years’ submissions.”

More information about the Award including how to enter can be found on the website 

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