Papatango Prize Winners 2021

Papatango Theatre Company and English Touring Theatre present
the winners of the 2021 Papatango New Writing Prize
Book tickets
26 Oct to 30 Oct

The best new writing. Made for audio. Delivered to your local theatre.

In a reimagined iteration of Papatango’s annual playwriting awards, three winning plays have been produced as audio productions. The thirteenth Papatango New Writing Prize winning plays are Nkenna Akunna’s Some Of Us Exist In The Future, Tom Powell’s The Silence and The Noise, and Tajinder Singh Hayer’s Ghost Stories from an Old Country.

The audio productions will play from free listening devices which can be booked and collected from our Box Office, or listened to on your own device via a QR code.

Listen to the three award-winning plays in the comfortable surroundings of the Bush’s Script Library, before they tour the country! Playing from 26 October alongside the 2020 Papatango New Writing Prize winner, Old Bridge by Igor Memic.


Some Of Us Exist In The Future
by Nkenna Akunna

Chiamaka is new to all this. Fresh off the plane from the UK, she’s new to Brooklyn and its extremes. She’s new to queer dating. She’s new to being an immigrant. Most of all, she’s new to the voices of the gods…

Utterly original, wryly funny and always gripping, Some Of Us Exist In The Future follows one woman’s journey to finding her place in a world that’s not all it seems.

Directed by Rasheka Christie-Carter
Composer and Sound Designer: Xana
Cast includes: babirye bukilwa, Florian Clare, Funmi James, Rachel Nwokoro and Oseloka Obi

Ghost Stories From An Old Country
by Tajinder Singh Hayer

Dalvir has always told a good ghost story, properly unsettling, dark tales to send a chill right through his younger brother Amar. But now Dalvir’s almost a ghost himself, cloistered and secretive. Amar desperately wants to reconnect with the only family he has left, but can he unravel Dalvir’s stories to find a way back to his brother?

Threaded through with captivating fables, Ghost Stories From An Old Country is a riveting and poignant exploration of the ties that bind us.

Directed by Jessica Lazar
Composer and Sound Designer: Farokh Soltani
Cast includes: Rebecca Crankshaw, Raj Ghatak and Shane Zaza

The Silence and The Noise
by Tom Powell

Every teenager knows what it’s like to be stuck between things: childhood and maturity, innocence and experience, hope for the future and uncertainty about what that will be. But Daize is torn between even greater challenges: her love for her vulnerable mother and her dangerous friendship with Ant. An outsider with knockout trainers, Ant has just appeared on her doorstep, bringing with him a whole world of trouble.

The Silence and The Noise beautifully captures the story of two young people on the edge.

Directed by George Turvey
Composer and Sound Designer: Asaf Zohar
Cast includes: Aldous Ciokajlo-Squire and Shakira Riddell-Morales


How does it work?

The audio plays can be listened to via free devices with headsets which you can collect from the Box Office. You can also listen on your own device via QR codes displayed around the building, if you would prefer. When you book, we will reserve you a space to sit in our cosy Script Library to listen to one or all of the plays in comfort.

Times & Prices

Details

Dates

26 October - 30 OctoberFrom £0

  • Standard: From £0

Wednesday Matinees

27 October 10:30am, 2:30pmFrom £0

  • Standard: From £0

Saturday Matinees

30 October 10:30am, 2:30pmFrom £0

  • Standard: From £0

Performed in

SCRIPT LIBRARY

Ticket info

We price tickets a little differently at Bush Theatre - here's how and why.

Tickets are Free

Book now to reserve a headset and a seat in our Script Library.

You can book a headset from the following times:

10:30am, 2:30pm, 5:30pm.

How does it work?

The audio plays can be listened to via free devices with headsets which you can collect from the Box Office. You can also listen on your own device via QR codes displayed around the building, if you would prefer.

When you book we will reserve you a space to sit in our cosy Script Library to listen to one or all of the plays in comfort.

Access details

Copies of the scripts to read including braille translations are available.

Captions are available on the listening device.

Please let us know when booking if you have any access requirements.


About your visit

How to get here, opening times, offers and concessions, and how to hire one of our wonderful spaces.

Support our work

Donate to help us develop emerging artists, bring new voices to the stage and support our community.

@bushtheatre

Bosh. Night at the super fit @bushtheatre
Niall Phillips
@niallpxx
22 Oct
We see you shining @ShakiraNewton ✨✨✨✨✨ https://t.co/zqvzLB0LZf
Leading Light Collective
@LeadingLightC
22 Oct
LETS GO!!!🚀 https://t.co/vewW0elQON
Ibraheem Toure
@ibraheem_toure
22 Oct
@robynbennett03 @IgorMemic @PapatangoTC @bushtheatre Yay! Do you know when you’re coming yet?
Ceri Lothian
@ceri_luna
22 Oct
Such a pleasure watching this, feeling seen and exploring a human story rarely if ever spoken about anywhere, let a… https://t.co/dg5c9wuiiu
Saher Shah
@TheSaherShah
21 Oct
Such a pleasure watching this, feeling seen and exploring a human story rarely if ever spoken about anywhere, let a… https://t.co/dg5c9wuiiu
Saher Shah
@TheSaherShah
21 Oct

Bush Green

Conversations, dispatches and ideas from the Bush Theatre.

Go to BushGreen
Kash Arshad x Jenny Sealey | In Conversation

 Kash Arshad, director of 10 Nights, and Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae, sit down at the Bush to chat. They discuss all things 10 Nights – the process of making, the changes to the show, and the ways they have experimented with integrated creative access.  Last week, Graeae, Tamasha and the Bush announced…

Get to know… Shahid Iqbal Khan

Ahead of his play 10 NIGHTS, we caught up with the very lovely human, playwright Shahid Iqbal Khan. Shahid is an alumnus of Graeae’s Write To Play programme in 2018. His plays include The Smile of Despair and Stardust (both with Phizzical Productions) and he recently wrote a short piece Never Been Away for Tara Theatre. What’s the best thing about being a…

Reece Lyons x Mika Onyx Johnson | In conversation

 Reece Lyons (star of Overflow) and Mika Onyx Johnson (creator and star of Pink Lemonade) sit down in front of the Museum of Transology exhibition at the Bush to discuss telling authentic, unheard stories and what it means for two shows exploring trans narratives to be programmed side-by-side. You only have a couple of…