by Lou Ramsden

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Playwright Lou Ramsden won Theatre Centre's Adrienne Benham Award in autumn 2013. As part of her prize, Lou received a seed commission to enable her to explore the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) sector.

The Adrienne Benham Award exists to support the work of a promising playwright interested in exploring the TYA sector, but who has little experience in this field.

This award is intended to steer gifted writers towards young audiences by giving them a seed commission and attachment to Theatre Centre to develop an original idea for young audiences.

Read Lou's first blog post about the balancing light and dark in plays for young audiences.

Lou Ramsden’s plays have received productions and staged readings at the Soho Theatre, Young Vic, Birmingham Rep, Edinburgh Fringe, and Latitude festival.  Last year she was on attachment to the Royal Court, and part of their invitation-only Supergroup. In 2011 her play Hundreds and Thousands was produced at Soho Theatre, and her playBreed was shortlisted for both the Meyer Whitworth and Critics’ Circle Awards.  In 2010 she completed an attachment at the National Theatre, and was a member of the first 503Five group at Theatre503.  Her plays are published by Nick Hern Books.


Theatre Centre is grateful to the following organisations for their support of the Adrienne Benham Award: Arts DepotCatherine WheelsHalf MoonLittle Angel TheatreM6 TheatreNew PerspectivesPolka TheatreTheatre Hullabaloo, the Unicorn Theatre,Tutti FruttiBig Brum TheatreCompany of Angels and Visible Fictions.

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