James Tait Black Prize for Drama2016

James Tait Black for Drama Previous Winners

2016

Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen (winner)

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Welsh playwright Gary Owen drew his inspiration from a Greek myth, in which King Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter, Iphigenia, to allow his ships to sail to Troy.

Iphigenia in Splott centres on Effie, a foul-mouthed, aggressive young woman living in Cardiff, who drinks excessively and lives for nights out. Throughout the monologue, she tells the story of her meeting an ex-soldier and how that led her life to unravel.         

Effie's vulnerability is revealed as she becomes reliant on an under-resourced National Health Service. The tragedy climaxes with a rallying cry against austerity measures. 

People, Places and Things by Duncan MacMillan

Duncan Macmillan's tragi-comedy tells the story of an actress whose life has spun recklessly out of control

hang by debbie tucker green

hang is set in a near future where victims of crime can decide their perpetrator's punishment

2015

Tomorrow Come Today by Gordon Dahlquist (winner)

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A science fiction drama about people who swap bodies to cheat death. The play is set against the backdrop of an impending apocalypse and was first produced by Undermain Theatre, Texas.

The James Plays by Rona Munro

Rona Munro's trilogy chart the lives and deaths of King James I, II and III of Scotland, who ruled the country throughout the fifteenth century.

Incognito by Nick Payne

Incognito interweaves three stories, all focussing on neuroscience. First, the theft of Albert Einstein's brain in 1955, on to a pioneering brain operation in 1953, and finally the focus shifts to a modern-day clinical neuroscientist.

2014

Cannibals by Rory Mullarkey (winner)

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A play dealing with the consequences of war and the nature of love.  Set in a remote region of Eastern Europe. It centres on the story of Lizaveta, who is forced to leave her home when her husband is killed by a soldier fighting in an indeterminate war.

On the run, she meets a variety of characters and ultimately becomes a victim of human trafficking, taken to England as a paid-for bride.

Some Other Mother by A J Taudevin

Some Other Mother explores the emotional wounds caused by immigration.

Grounded by George Brant

Grounded looks at the ramifications of drone warfare.

2013

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price (winner)

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price was the first play to win the new drama category for Britain's oldest literary awards.

The play is based on the true story of Bradley Manning, the 24 year-old soldier accused of releasing classified military logs and embassy cables, now facing a court martial.

The story charts his radicalisation from his teenage years growing up in Wales to his current incarceration in America.

The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen

Foxfinder by Dawn King

In Water I'm Weightless by Kaite O'Reilly

The Effect by Lucy Prebble



Gary Owen, winner of the 2016 award, with Award Ceremony host, David Greig. Photo Credit: Neil Hanna

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