Alice Birch wins 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE
Synopsis: Three generations of women, their lives played out simultaneously. For each, the chaos of what has come before brings with it a painful legacy.
Cast breakdown: The play was performed by a company of 10 actors (6 W and 4M - including one child). There is a total of 26 characters.
Set/Costume Requirements: The first production used very naturalistic costumes - with a huge number of costume changes.
U.K. Agent: Giles Smart at United Agents
U.S. Agent: Rachel Viola and Geoff Morley at United Talent
Play Service: Oberon Books
Bio: Alice Birch is the winner of the Arts Foundation Award for Playwriting 2014, the co-winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright 2014 and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in 2012 and 2015.
Theatre includes: [Blank] (NT Connections / Clean Break), Anatomy of a Suicide (Royal Court), Revolt. She said. Revolt again. (RSC / Soho Rep NYC), Ophelias Zimmer (Royal Court / Schaubuhne Theater Berlin), We Want You to Watch (National Theatre / RashDash), Little Light (Orange Tree), Little on the inside (Almeida / Clean Break) andMany Moons (Theatre 503).
Film includes Lady Macbeth (BBC / BFI / Creative England) which was the winner of the International Critic's Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) at San Sebastian Film Festival 2016, the Best First Feature at Zurich Film Festival 2016, Best Screenplay at Turin Film Festival 2016 and the BIFA Award for Best Screenplay 2017.
Current commissions include the Royal Court, the National, the Almeida and Soho Rep. Film and TV commissions include projects for Film Four, Symbolic Exchange, House Productions and HBO.
The 10 finalists were:
Alice Birch (U.K.) - Anatomy of a Suicide
Elinor Cook (U.K.) - Out of Love
Fiona Doyle (Ireland) -The Strange Death of John Doe
Aleshea Harris (U.S.) - Is God Is
Colleen Murphy (Canada)- The Breathing Hole
Antoinette Nwandu (U.S.) - Pass Over
Nina Raine (U.K.) - Consent
Anusree Roy (Canada) - Trident Moon
Tori Sampson (U.S.) - If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must be a Muhfucka
Lauren Yee (U.S.) - The Great Leap