Bristol Old Vic writer wins Papatango Prize

Matt Grinter (co-director) in rehearsals for Under A Cardboard Sea. Photo by Jack Offord. 

Image: Matt Grinter in rehearsals for Under a Cardboard Sea. (Credit: Jack Offord)


Bristol Old Vic writer Matt Grinter has won the prestigious 2016 Papatango New Writing Prize for his play Orca, having been chosen from a staggering and record-breaking 1053 entries.

Matt is currently a writer on attachment at Bristol Old Vic, having entered the theatre’s writer-talent search The Open Session in 2015. The call-out became Matt's spur to complete Orca; and on the strength of this script he became one of the 2015/16 Open Session writers, working with the theatre for a year.

During this time, Orca was workshopped with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School students, who performed extracts as part of the Scenes from the Open Session evening at Bristol Old Vic in October 2015. 

Orca will now undergo development, before running at Southwark Playhouse, London from 2-26 November 2016, and will be published by Nick Hern Books. Matt will also receive a commission to support a follow-up play in 2017.

Matt’s work can next be seen at Bristol Old Vic this August, having co-directed Bristol Old Vic Young Company show Under a Cardboard Sea, which runs in the Theatre 4-6 August.