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Andrew Thompson. Image: courtesy of the artist

Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme alumni wins Theatre503 Playwriting Award

04 July 2017

Andrew Thompson has won the 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award with a play about female astronauts, In Event of Moone Disaster, which he wrote whilst on the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2014/15.

The play will be produced by Theatre503, Battersea, and he receives £6,000. Theatre503 artistic director Lisa Spirling hailed the play as an “astonishing” piece of work and says: “It transports us to the moon and back, covering 90 years of sexual politics and space exploration through the story of three generations of women.”

She continues: “The play’s ambition is vast, and the universal story at its heart is exquisite. Connecting to all that Theatre503 does as a tiny theatre with an international reach, we are thrilled to be introducing this extraordinary writer to the world.”

Thompson’s play was short-listed alongside four other plays by writers Alison Carr, Tearrance Chisholm, Annie Jenkins and Ed Jones and over 1,600 plays were submitted for the prize from 52 countries around the world.

The prizejudged by industry experts including critic Henry Hitchings, journalist Mark Lawson, and playwrights David Greig, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Roy Williams and Charlotte Keatley.