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Papatango Receive Two Awards for 2015

Playwright Samantha Potter has won Channel 4 Playwrights' Scheme and BBC Performing Arts Fellowship

Papatango Theatre Company

The Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme is sponsoring Samantha Potter to develop a play with Papatango’s guidance.

Previous winners include Joe Penhall, Catherine Johnson, Peter Moffat, Lucy Prebble, Simon Stephens, Laura Wade, Jack Thorne, Martin McDonagh, Nancy Harris, Hanif Kureishi, Lydia Adetunji, Richard Bean and Tanika Gupta.

Formerly the Pearson Playwrights’ Scheme, the selection panel is chaired by Richard Eyre and includes Indhu Rubasingham, Piers Wenger, Catherine Johnson, Nicholas Wright and Sue Summers.

The BBC Performing Arts Fellowship will fund Samantha Potter as Papatango’s second Resident Playwright, including script development, free masterclasses, and developing a grassroots writing programme and network.

These will run in tandem with Papatango’s multi-award-winning initiative, the Papatango New Writing Prize, unique in British theatre for guaranteeing each year both to produce and publish its winning writer. In 2015 the Prize production will be at Southwark Playhouse. Previous productions have been seen at the Finborough Theatre.

Debut writers discovered by Papatango include Dominic Mitchell (who won a BAFTA for his BBC series In The Flesh), Dawn King (winner of Off West End and Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Awards and author of Foxfinder, produced worldwide) and Luke Owen (whose Unscorched will be at the Milan Playwriting Festival this year).

Samantha Potter’s debut play, MUCKY KID, for which she received a Most Promising New Playwright nomination at the Off West End Awards, opened at Theatre 503 in November 2013. Prior to writing MUCKY KID, Sam worked extensively as a director. Directing credits include: TU I TERAZ: HERE AND NOW (Hampstead Theatre, Nuffield Theatre, Colchester Mercury), BREATHING CORPSES (Theatre Souk), SH*T-MIX (Trafalgar Studios), SNOWBOUND (Trafalgar Studios), IN SPITTING DISTANCE (National Theatre Platform), PEAPICKERS (Eastern Angles), HEROES (National Theatre Education Tour), COSI FAN TUTTE (Glyndebourne- Revival Director), THE HEAD OF RED O'BRIEN (Oran Mor Glasgow) and A SEXUAL CONGRESS (National Theatre Platform).

Samantha was the Literary Manager at Out of Joint from 2011 - 2013 and is currently the Creative Associate for Headlong. Her transition from directing to writing, at a relatively advanced age, means that she is excluded from many talent development opportunities.

29 January 2015