Character 7 is delighted to sponsor the Verity Bargate Award alongside the Soho Theatre. The VBA looks for extraordinary voices and unique styles which stand out from the crowd and tell inspiring unheard stories.

Verity Bargate Award



The winner receives £7000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce their play. Character 7 offer one writer the opportunity to develop their storytelling skills for TV drama. The writer will be drawn from the Verity Bargate Award longlist, awarded a grant and tasked with developing a number of ideas with a view to optioning one of them to take to script.

Established in 1982 to honour their co-founder, past winners include Vicky Jones, Thomas Eccleshare, Insook Chappell, Matt Charman, Bonnie Greer and Toby Whithouse.

This years's judges include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Arinze Kene, Lolita Chakrabarti and Laura Wade.

The Verity Bargate Longlist 2020 is announced

Amanda Wilkin has won the 2020 Verity Bargate Award with her play 'Shedding A Skin'

"As sponsor of the Verity Bargate Award, I could not be more thrilled that Shedding A Skin has won this years's prize. Amanda Wilkin has crafted a play that is as funny as it is warm, as profound as it is of the moments. She's captured a generation. It's a work of incredible beauty and great wit, she will go far"
Character 7's Stephen Garrett

"I was not prepared to be kidnapped by a play and a voice so completely as I was by Amanda Wilkin's Shedding A Skin. I'm excited to see this profound, funny, modern, stark and hopeful play performed at Soho Theatre. Then of course, after that, just everything Amanda puts her pen to!"
Pheobe Waller-Bridge