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