With new writing facing a tricky time, the Papatango New Writing Prize is more important than ever. That’s because it is so much more than just a prize, offering a wider support system for early stage writers and schools. It has also produced some terrific plays including Dawn King’s Foxfinder, Iman Qureshi’s The Funeral Director and Samuel Bailey’s Shook. This year’s winner—selected from 1,553 scripts—is Clive Judd’s West Midlands family drama about a family trying to forge a future but trapped by the past and pushed apart by it. Is it possible for them to come together again or will the decisions made in the past keep them divided?
A family packs into a small house with a tangled history. Matt is here, yearning to reach someone he’s lost. His cousin Jess is here, too; she just wants to feel something. Anything. And Aunt Monica and Jeff are still here, just about. Together, ferocious and funny, they laugh, they scrap, they remember. Tonight these four people, inextricably bound yet so far apart, will finally confront the old decisions that haunt them. How does a family make a future, when everything that holds it together lies in the past? 'Here' is a tender, funny and utterly truthful story about family and feeling.