When you think of Bruntwood, the first thing you think of probably isn’t playwriting. While our core business focuses on the property industry, we are also embedded in our communities, investing in arts and culture, as well as charity, environmental and medical initiatives.
For the past 12 years, in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, we have been growing the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting as we hope to help make our great communities greater.
As a business, we believe in operating in sustainable cities that provide vibrant places for people to work, live and enjoy themselves, striving to make a difference to the places we operate in. To us, investing in the Prize makes good business sense, bringing new art to our cities, making it a more attractive place for businesses to base themselves; attracting workers and helping them to grow.
This national playwriting competition came to life to help encourage and uncover new writing, as well as to build a platform for new talent across the UK. Since the launch of the Prize in 2005, the competition has received over 11,000 entries, granted 22 prize winners, 23 productions and awarded £208,000.
All plays entered into the prize remain anonymous - with the pseudonyms of many being a great talking point - so that all writers are judged solely by their submission, whether they are an established or first-time playwright. Scripts must be original and unperformed, giving Bruntwood and the Royal Exchange Theatre access to great new plays and fantastic writers.
“Through giving back to the city, we believe we can make our great city of Manchester a more vibrant place to be, attracting more visitors and more businesses," said Kate Vokes, Director of HR and Marketing at Bruntwood
“Although its birth was in Manchester, we’ve managed to grow the Prize into something much bigger than it originally was and we’re proud to have put Manchester on the international map.”
The Prize is now the UK’s biggest playwriting competition, sharing new talent from across the country, but also helping to grow new writers. Together with the Royal Exchange, we make sure that we provide budding writers with events and opportunities to grow their talents and learn more about the theatre industry.
The latest prize winning play, Wish List by Katherine Soper is now being shown at the Royal Court in London, after its premiere run at the Royal Exchange.