Tinderbox writers on the Meyer Whitworth Award Shortlist

Posted on 9 September 2011 in Dramaturgy

Tinderbox’s award winning playwrights Jimmy McAleavey and David Ireland have both been shortlisted for the Meyer Whitworth Award for best new play by an emerging writer 2011.

McAleavey’s The Sign of the Whale and Ireland’s Everything Between Us won the Stewart Parker Bursary Award and the BBC Award respectively earlier this year. This is the first time that any theatre company has claimed both major awards in one year.

Tinderbox produced their plays concurrently in the spring of 2010, with Everything Between Us by David Ireland opening in Philadelphia on 11th March, and Jimmy McAleavey’s The Sign of the Whale having its premier one night later in the Baby Grand Studio in Belfast. Everything Between Us subsequently appeared in Tinderbox’s award winning True North season at the Crescent Arts Centre, and in the Mayfesto season at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

Joining them on the short list of seven plays is Plan D by Hannah Khalil, which Tinderbox presented as a rehearsed, reading at the Pick n Mix festival 2009.

Tinderbox dramaturg Hanna Slättne said “This is real recognition of the quality of work by these writers, by Tinderbox and its great to have two Northern Irish plays up there”

The winner of the award will announced at the National Theatre in London on the 10th of October.

Both productions were developed through Arts Council of Northern Ireland initiatives including the Joint Sectoral Dramaturgy Project, the Professional Arts Abroad Scheme and National Lottery Project Funding.