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For the second time in its history the Award was shared between two plays The Well by Linda Brogan and Penny Saunders’ Never Never.

Speaking at the tenth anniversary of the Awards in 2006 Linda said “The most affirmative thing about The Well winning is that it is a poetic play, not a ‘black’ one. Although it has never been produced, it mean I was allowed that voice. It led to an attachment at the Royal National Theatre Studio and a residency at the Contract Theatre, Manchester, further boosting my confidence. I then went all naturalistic to learn craft and structure, producing Basil and Beattie at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, transferring to the Royal Court. Now equipped with technique, I’m again exploring the poetic voice the Alfred Fagon applauded.”

Linda Brogan

Linda’s writing credits include: Speechless (2010), co-written with Polly Teale for Shared Experience, published by Nick Hern, was produced at The Traverse where it was nominated for Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award and awarded a Fringe First. In 2011 Speechlesscompleted a critically acclaimed national tour.Speechless by Linda Brogan and Polly Teale, is a mesmerising account of the notorious case of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons. Speechless was described as “Mesmerising . . . gripping . . . thought provoking . . . Wider political questions are made tangible in the most intimate form . . .” by The Telegraph and applauded by The Independent “It is an astounding story and makes for a riveting play . . . Brilliant”.

Other credits include:

Black Crows (2007), published by Oberon, produced by Cleanbreak at the Arcola, a finalist in the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, short-listed for Alfred Fagon Award which was won in 2001 with The Well

What’s in the Cat (2005) published by Methuen, produced by Contact Theatre, transferred to Royal Court, nominated for MEN Best New Play Award.

God Can See Down Entries (2005) aired on The Wire, Radio 3. Pick of the day in The Guardian and a half page spread.

Basil and Beattie (2004) produced at The Royal Exchange, transferred to The Everyman, won North West Playwrights 21st Anniversary Commission.

The Well(2001) won the Lefeurve/Promis Prize at National Theatre Studio.

BBC Manchester interviews Linda.

What’s in the Cat
Black Crows

Linda Brogan features in the National Theatre Black Plays. She offers feedback to writers based in the North West and advice surgeries for writers anywhere in the UK.

Linda is currently working on two plays The Pimento on Gully’s Edge and Scented White Jasmine.

Agent: Nick Quinn @ The Agency

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