D.A. Nixon was announced the winner of the inaugural award on 25 May 2017.

A reading of his play Look me In The Eye When We’re Dancing will be held at Soho Theatre at 4pm on Friday 9 February 2018. If you would like to reserve a seat, email – but you are welcome to just turn up (subject to availability).

As winner, Nixon received an £8,000 commission; and additionally a development relationship with Out of Joint theatre company, to including an opportunity to workshop a play with actors and a director. The reading on 9 February will come at the end of a week-long workshop, directed by Out of Joint Associate Tim Hoare.

To enter the WiT Award, over 200 candidates submitted a full-length stage play, along with a statement about their writing ambitions. The five finalists were:

  • Oliver Bennett is an actor who has appeared in plays with Belarus Free Theatre, whose work he has found inspirational. He has also performed at Southwark Playhouse, The Print Room, and in Backbeat in the West End. He has also worked frequently with Howard Barker and Edward Bond and performed at the Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre.
  • Marek Horn, a Front of House Assistant for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, who has also worked at the Finborough Theatre and High Tide Theatre Festival.
  • Daniel Nixon, a former Associate Literary Agent at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, who has worked on projects with organisations including Hampstead Theatre and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
  • Bethany Sharp, a freelancer whose current work includes London Administrator for the Independent Centre for Actor Training; Creative Producer for Frequency Theatre who work with theatre professionals to make audio dramas; as a project producer for As Told By, a GPS storytelling project; and as a practitioner with Jigsaw Arts.
  • Chloe Todd Fordham, the Literary Manager at Graeae and formerly a Studio Administrator at the Royal Court Theatre.

The judges for the first award were playwrights Mark Ravenhill and Winsome Pinnock; theatre publisher Nick Hern; theatre director Max Stafford-Clark; script editor and Out of Joint’s Literary Manager Catriona Craig; and Clive Webster, member of the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust, which instigated the award.


Jon Bradfield / 0207 609 0207