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Judge Tanika Gupta and Jarman award winner John Smith reflect on the value of prizes and competition in culture

The award judge: Tanika Gupta

Playwrights don't often get recognition for their work. Apart from anything else, we tend to be fairly anonymous people, sat behind our laptop screens, tearing at our hair as we wrestle with words, scenes, structure and dialogue, cooking up those ingredients for a piece of live performance. We are not the beautiful actor at ease with our physical bodies on stage, instantly recognised by an adoring public, and we may not be on public display, but without us there would be very little theatre.

I felt privileged to be asked to be a judge for the 2013 Bruntwood prize for playwriting. Having won some awards myself, I know what a difference it can make for new writers – enhancing their self-belief, motivating them to keep writing and in »

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