Festivals & Awards
Did you know that the King's Head Theatre programmes two festivals and runs a new writing award? Scroll down to find out more.
Adrian Pagan Award
Adrian Pagan was a Stage Manager for 10 years before his first play, The Backroom, won the Verity Bargate Award in 1996, going on to be staged at the Pleasance and Bush Theatres. The Award was established after his tragic death at the age of 39 to recognise unconventional routes into writing for the stage. Every other year, a play is selected to receive a full production at the King's Head Theatre.
The current winner of the Adrian Pagan Award is Charles Entsie for No Strings Attached.
Previous winners include:
- 2014 - Dead Party Animals by Thomas Pickles
- 2016 - Russian Dolls by Kate Lock
- 2018 - Sex with Robots and Other Devices by Nessah Muthy
Stella Wilkie Award
East 15 Acting School students studying on the 3-year Contemporary Theatre course present two seasons of new plays each year called the Debut Festival. Debut Spring is text based and Debut Summer is devised work. The King's Head Theatre Artistic Director and Associates attend all plays and choose a winner, who is awarded the King's Head Theatre & East 15 Stella Wilkie Debut Award.
- 2022 - The Benefits of Disabled Sex
- 2020 - Blue Beneath My Skin
- 2019 - I Lost My Virginity to Chopin's Nocturne in B-Flat Minor
- 2018 - Splinter by Molly Byrne
- 2017 - Yvette by Urielle Klein-Mekongo, directed by Meriel Hinsching
- 2016 - Buzz by Fat Rascal Theatre
- 2015 - SN1 Wilts by Neo Mothola, directed by Gabrielle Ciambrone
- 2014 - A* by Luke Taylor
- 2013 - Sandpits Avenue