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Date published: January 27, 2016

MA Playwriting student nominated for prestigious Alfred Bradley Bursary Award

One of our MA Playwriting students has gone one step closer to Broadway, after he secured his place on the shortlist for the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2015/16.

Our budding Playwright, Michael Heath was chosen above more than 200 participants to reach the final shortlist of five.

Michael’s place on the shortlist has secured him some vital experience, as he will now be mentored by a BBC Radio producer in order to present the piece to a final judging panel, ahead of the announcement of the winner in April.

The nominated play is called The Big Things and it explores the life of an undiagnosed autistic woman who struggles to cope with the impact of having a baby.

Michael said: “I'm really excited by the prospect of being shortlisted. I've entered so many competitions over the years and almost didn't apply because I thought it might be a waste of time. Obviously, I'm very glad I did. 

“The play was developed through my MA in creative writing: Playwriting and was included as a rehearsed reading at 24:7 Big Weekend last year.”

Sue Roberts, BBC Editor Audio Drama and The Verb said of this year's scheme, "We were really impressed by the high standard and wide range of entries this year and are looking forward to working with the shortlisted writers over the next few months".

Good luck Michael!

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