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Play Called the Radicalisation of Bradley Manning Won James Tait Black Prize for Drama

Aug 6, 2013 10:08 IST

A play called The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price became the first play to win the James Tait Black prize for drama, the new theatre category of the oldest literary awards of Britain. The play is about Bradley Manning, an American soldier who was convicted of discharging the US state secrets to Wikileaks.

There were over 180 plays that were considered for the purpose of this new drama prize, which is worth £10000. The decision was taken by the James Tait Black judging panel. It is important to note that the play has contemporary nature and focuses on an important subject. It has special features such as exceptional theatrical voice as well as inventive use of the structure.

The prize of the drama was adjudged by academics as well as students from University of Edinburgh, along with National Theatre of Scotland’s representatives.

Who is Bradley Manning?

Bradley Manning was arrested in May 2010. He was behind the bars for three years before his trial began. Eventually, in July 2013, he was convicted of maximum number of charges. He now faces life imprisonment for leaking official secrets to Wikileaks, which is an anti-secrecy organisation.

About the play- The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning

• The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning was performed originally across all schools in Wales in April 2012. The play is opened at the Tasker Milward School, Haverfordwest.
• The script by Tim Price revolves around the story of Bradley Manning’s life. The play focuses on his life from teenage years to incarceration in the US.
• The play at present is being performed by National Theatre Wales as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2013.

Other plays included in the award were In Water I'm Weightless by Kaite O'Reilly; The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen; The Effect by Lucy Prebble and Foxfinder by Dawn King.
The awards will be conferred upon the winners at Edinburgh International Book Festival on 24 August 2013.

About James Tait Black Prize

• The James Tait Black Prize is the literary prize, which is awarded for that literature which is written in English language.
• This is the oldest literary prize of Britain.
• The prize was found in the year 1919 by Janet Coutts Black in memory of her late husband, James Tait Black and is based at University of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom.
• In the year 2012, the category for Drama was also announced.  In August 2013, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price became the first winner of the award in this category.

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