Shahid Iqbal Khan Awarded Peggy Ramsay / Film 4 Playwriting Bursary Award

November 22, 2023
Shahid Iqbal Khan is one of the six winning writers of this year's Peggy Ramsay / Film 4 Awards.

The award provides a bursary of £10,000 for new theatre writers. The recipients of the bursary will be attached to specific venues or organisations for the next year with the aim of developing at least one full-length play during that time.

Richard Eyre, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, who chaired the panel deciding the six winners said today:

"I’ve always thought that giving bursaries to writers for them to be attached for a year to theatres is an inventive act of philanthropy. I’ve been chairing this award since 2009 and I have been repeatedly impressed by the quality of the plays. This year has been no exception. I feel sure that these writers will continue to confirm our faith in their talent.”

Shahid, writer of 10 Nights which goes out on tour in 2024 with Phizzical Productions, will be attached to Paines Plough.

The other winners are:

  • Babirye Bukilwa, the writer of cake, who will be attached to the Soho Theatre and Clean Break,
  • Martha Loader, writer of Bindweed, who will be attached to the New Wolsey Theatre,
  • Marek Horn, writer of Octopolis, who will be attached to the Hampstead Theatre,
  • Florence Espeut-Nickless, writer of Destiny, who will be attached to Bristol Old Vic, and
  • Morna Young, writer of Aye, Elvis, who will be attached to the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.