The award will be presented to the winning writer at the 23rd Alfred Fagon Awards at The Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre on Friday, 15th November.
The shortlist for Best New Play of the Year are:.
Comrades, Mugabe, My Dad and Me by Tonderai Munyevu
Foreign by Carmen Harris
Retrograde by Ryan Cameron
seven methods of killing kylie jenner by Jasmine Lee-Jones
Superhoe by Nicôle Lecky
The Dark by Nick Makoha
Mimi Findlay, Chair of Judges, says “This year’s shortlist took the judges on journeys of the intimate, personal experience, of the raw and unending struggle of difficult family circumstances, of oppression, of racism, of the UK’s Home Office ‘Hostile Environment Policy’, of the lack of hope, of the immovable force of hope and of the world we live in today. Terrifying, incredible, unjust and beautiful stories that thrilled us all.”
The Roland Rees Bursary will also be presented at the event.
Last year’s winning play Rockets and Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock is being developed by Royal Exchange Manchester for 2020 whilst 2014’s winning play Cuttin’ It by Charlene James is being revived by Royal Exchange Manchester during January and February 2020. The Alfred Fagon Award is supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation.