Character Seven 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.Character Seven 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.

Background


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.

Recent judges include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Arinze Kene, Lolita Chakrabarti and Laura Wade.
 

Judges for 2022


We’re excited to announce this year’s award will be judged by a panel of industry experts including past Soho playwrights Theresa Ikoko (Girls, 2015, Soho Theatre), James Graham (Tory Boyz, 2008, and Monster Raving Loony, 2016, Soho Theatre) and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Mum, 2021, Soho Theatre), as well as April De Angelis (Jumpy, Royal Court and West End). The award is chaired by film and television producer, Character 7’s Stephen Garrett.


 

Winner 2022


Sam Grabiner’s “Boys on the Verge of Tears” wins Verity Bargate Award 2022


From close to 1,500 entries, a longlist of 17 inspiring and fantastically realised voices, and a shortlist of six unique new plays, Soho Theatre is thrilled to announce Sam Grabiner’s Boys on the Verge of Tears as the winner of the Verity Bargate Award 2022. The production will have its world premiere at Soho Theatre in 2023. Rhianna Ilube’s “Samuel Takes a Break in Male Dungeon N°5 After a Long but Generally Successful Day of Tours” receives Highly Commended Award
 

The Verity Bargate Longlist 2022 is announced here.


Soho Theatre has announced the six plays shortlisted for the 40th anniversary of Soho Theatre’s Character 7 sponsored Verity Bargate Award:

A Young Man Comes by Alan Mahon
Boys on the Verge of Tears by Sam Grabiner
Everything I’m Thinking, All of the Time by Sam Ward
Porn Play by Sophie Chetin-Leuner
Samuel Takes a Break in Male Dungeon N°5 After a Long but Generally Successful Day of Tours by Rhianna Ilube
Working Men by Benjamin Kuffuor

 

Winner 2020


Amanda Wilkin 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

Reviews

 

★ ★ ★ ★ “A sensation.” The Independent
★ ★ ★ ★ “A shrewd and zingy comedy.” The Telegraph
★ ★ ★ ★ “Amanda Wilkin gives a cracking performance in her richly written show about growing