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POP Drama Award Promises Full-Scale Touring Production

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 25th Jan 2016 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin

The University of Wolverhampton are now accepting proposals for the Creative Europe Playwriting Award for POP Drama.

The POP Drama Award is part of The European Playwriting project, which aims to support the circulation of European dramaturgy by selecting four pieces of playwriting that will be toured as staged readings in four countries.

The Centro Diego Fabbri (Italy), centre for studies, research and training in theatre and performance languages, the University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom), the Universitatea de Arte Din Târgu-Mureș (Romania), and the Fundacion CajaGranada (Spain) are the four institutions involved in this project.

The POP Drama Award is open to all authors willing to try their hands at playwriting. Each author can submit more than one play.

Each piece must be original and unpublished; having never been performed in any form whatsoever. Entries must be 40-60 pages and printed single-sided on A4 paper (double-spaced, Times New Roman size 12).

The work can handle any subject, provided that the chosen theme is able to be understood universally. The panel will look favourably upon plays that take into consideration the contradiction between human nature and morality, with specific attention being paid to plays that deal with issues related to social exclusion. Authors may explore the chosen theme through ironic and/or playful perspectives.

Plays must be sent by parcel/registered mail, containing 1 (one) paper copy and 1 (one) electronic copy to the following address:

Arena Theatre
University of Wolverhampton
Wulfruna Street

Deadline: 31st March 2016

The Prize

The 2016 POP Drama prize winner will have their play performed at the Arena Theatre – anticipated to be during the 2017/18 season – with their play also being worked into a full-scale touring production that will be performed in venues in the partnering countries (Italy, Romania, Spain). The Arena Theatre will support the winning entry to make this possible.

Anonymity must be retained when submitting your play. The only information that should be on your script is the title and tagline.

Please note that entries in the UK must be in English, the partner organisations are hosting entries in the other languages within the competition.

Full details of the English section of the competition are available on this website: 

Please note that these schemes are listed here for your convenience. However, they are run by external organisations and unless otherwise noted the BBC has no involvement with them. Therefore the BBC cannot respond to any queries in connection to those and accepts no liability for the accuracy of third party websites and the information contained on them.


Photograph is copyright of Matt Cawrey Photography.


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 2 years ago
    Thanks for the update, Carolin. Sounds exciting!
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