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Scottish playwright wins major accolade
Scottish playwright Morna Pearson has won the Meyer-Whitworth Award for new writing in theatre for her play Distracted, which met with critical acclaim when it played at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre last year.
Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre, presented Pearson with the cheque for £10,000 from funds provided by the Royal National Theatre Foundation.
A former member of the Traverse Young Writers Group, Pearson’s work has previously been read as part of World InterPlay and the Royal Court Young Writers Season. The 27-year-old, who is from Elgin, said of her achievement: ‘Being a new playwright involves a constant struggle to balance work and writing and, in this respect, winning the award couldn’t have happened at a better time. I am now very excited about the future. I’m continually amazed by the reaction to Distracted. Particularly as it’s my portrayal of a small, colourful section of my native North-East Scotland.’
The application process for the 17th Meyer-Whitworth Award will start in December for plays produced between 1 November 2006 and 30 November 2007.