Newsflash, 25 Jan: - Winner of the 2013 Tinniswood Award:
TINNISWOOD AWARD SHORTLIST 2013
The Tinniswood Award 2013 is presented to the best original radio drama script by any writer broadcast in the UK over 1 July 2012-31 October 2013. The Award is jointly administered by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and the Society of Authors with the prize of £1,500 generously sponsored by the Authors’ Licencing and Collecting Society.
The judges this year are Louise Doughty, Marcy Kahan and David Pownall.
DUSTY WON'T PLAY
The judges said: The horrors of Apartheid South Africa have faded from recent memory but Annie Caulfield's play reminds us of the Kafkaesque difficulties all artists faced in deciding whether or not to play or appear there. Dusty Springfield's decision to refuse to play to segregated audiences is shown to be an impulsive yet brave decision from a young singer still worrying about how her hair looked and yet with a passionate sense of right and wrong. Its cast of characters shows us band members, South African security forces and black South Africans proud of her decision: reminding us that what was a personal dilemma for one musician had global consequences.
Annie Caulfield has won a Race in Media award for her radio play After You Have Gone and is a past winner of The Writer’s award from The Peggy Ramsay Foundation. This is her third collaboration with Absolutely Productions. The other two plays were the R3 plays, Your Only Man (Flann O'Brien) and Glass Chair Chair Glass.
The judges said: Lavinia Murray creates an imaginative, surreal and ultimately moving portrait of the young Beatrix Potter, framed within a dreamlike radio soundscape. We are presented with one increasingly bizarre day in the life of lonely young Beatrix. The drama begins in patriarchal Victorian London but quickly enters a world where boiled foxes and cats speak and our young heroine has a nightmarish encounter in a cemetery.
Lavinina Murray’s radio plays and adaptations include: Ballad of the Burning Boy( R3), The Beautiful Ugly (R4), Gargantua & Pantagruel (R4) and Silver award winner of Prix Marulic; Confessions of an English Opium Eater (R4), The Tiger Hunt (R4), and The Anatomy of Melancholy (R4).
The judges said: What is so admirable about Mark Ravenhill's text is that he manages to portray the complexity of the relationship between Britten and Imogen Holst in a way that is both a serious investigation of the nature of creative genius and yet completely believable on a human level. They work together, joke and tease each other - and at one point, Britten explodes monstrously. They are simultaneously artists at work and two ordinary people with jealousies and short tempers, two utterly convincing characters.
Mark Ravenhill has written many plays; his more recent works include Mother Clap's Molly House (National Theatre); Product (Traverse Theatre) and The Cut (Donmar Warehouse).
The judges said: High-spiritedly ambitious from the start, joint authors Colin Teevan and Hannah Silva pick up radio drama’s potential and run with it in this ninety minute, fifty-character extravaganza.
Even the structure is witty – a stadium of the mind made of landscapes and cities, runners everywhere, clockwise, anti-clockwise, criss-crossing in time, flinging out questions, quarrelling, yearning. The listener is always in danger of being left behind by the rampant gods, footsore messengers, sports maladministrators, feminists, and shamateurs. The action is comic one second, tragic the next, making the listener swallow moral and political issues like a marathon runner snatching a drink on the hoof. This is a stimulating, pleasing, lively mix of ideas and emotions to stir the imagination of even the most sedentary.
Colin Teevan has translated works from Ancient Greek, Italian and French. His radio plays include IPH... (R3), Tricycles (The Wire, R3), How Many Miles to Basra (R3), Glass Houses (Friday Play) and Massistonia (R3).
The winner will be announced at the BBC Audio Drama Awards on Sunday 26 January 2014.
The Tinniswood Award is jointly administered by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and the Society of Authors with the prize of £1,500 sponsored by the Authors’ Licencing and Collecting Society. See: www.writersguild.org.uk and www.alcs.co.uk
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Submissions will be accepted from producers only and are restricted to a maximum of two entries per producer. Submissions must consist of:
Entries will not be returned and should be sent to Anne Hogben, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, 40 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RX. Judges for the 2012 award are yet to be confirmed. We are grateful to the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society Ltd (ALCS) for their generous sponsorship of the Tinniswood Award.
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