"I'm absolutely thrilled to have won Long Play 2016. As a new writer from the East Midlands, the competition run by New Perspectives was an ideal opportunity for me to go after and I'm so glad that I did. Not only am I looking forward to what this next stage entails, but thanks to New Perspectives, I now get to watch my words come to life and that in itself, is ridiculously exciting."
Winning Long Play is the next step in what has already been a great creative career for Katie. Last year, after winning The BBC Norman Beaton Fellowship, she went on to be a part The BBC Radio Drama Rep Company, recording a wide variety of plays for BBC Radio 4 such as The Archers, The Forsyte Saga and Jane Eyre.She made her TV debut last year in Sky 1's Mount Pleasant and now can be seen playing Rose in BBC 1's Young Hyacinth as part of The BBC Landmark Sitcom Season. She is also the voice of Layla in BBC Radio 4's comedy All Those Women.
Katie's writing has previewed at various London Theatres such as Theatre 503, Soho Theatre and The National Youth Theatre. She also writes for screen and her most recent TV comedy sitcom pilot has been shortlisted by BBC Writersroom and BAFTA Rocliffe and has just won The Comedy Project 2016 at Soho Theatre, with her comedy sitcom, Sweethearts,written with co-writer James Farmer. Katie has recently been recommended for Breakthrough BAFTA 2016 for both her acting and writing.
LONG PLAY 2014-15
Winning play: Vampire in Bradford by Azma Dar
LONG PLAY 2013-14
Winning play: Unforgettable by Tim Elgood
Runners up: Blue Moon by Mufaro Makubika and The Man Upstairs by Ollie Smith
We very rarely have the means to produce unsolicited new plays. The Long Play Competition is our way of accepting unsolicited scripts. If you wish to discuss a creative idea outside of the competition, please make contact with our Artistic Director, Jack McNamara, with an introductory email and a short example of your work. Learn more about our policy on unsolicited scripts below.