For plays broadcast from
1 Oct 2018-31 Oct 2019

UPDATE: 3 Feb 2020 - Imison Award Winner:
Bathwater, by Vicky Foster

Imison Award Finalists

  • Vicky Foster for Bathwater, producer Sue Roberts for Radio 4
  • Testament for The Beatboxer, producer Gary Brown for Radio 4
  • Colette Victor for By God's Mercy, producer David Hunter for World Service

    ND/ 9 Jan 20


      5 Mar 19: Bathwater
      By Vicky Foster. Vicky is a poet; the drama is about her experiences involving violence in family life. With Vicky Foster and Finlay McGuigan. Producer: Susan Roberts.

      1 Oct 19: The Beatboxer
      By 'Testament' (Andy Brooks), where a beatboxer (vocal artist) runs a training day at a call centre, unaware that the owners have another motive for bringing him in. Testament is a hip-hop MC, theatre-maker and record-breaking beatboxer. Subs: testament, Katherine: Susan Twist, Samiya: Purvi Parmar, Kristy: Verity Henry, Graham: John Branwell, Jaron: Dermot Daly, Caspero: Sholto. Producer: Gary Brown.

      By God's Mercy, 2 Feb 2019, BBC World Service
      A rare drama on World Service. By Colette Victor. The second of two winning plays from the BBC World Service/British Council International Playwriting Competition 2018. Rpt. 3 Feb 19. It is set in the Cape Flats township in South Africa and narrated by a mattress (sic) who is worried that its time on earth is coming to an end.The tale is about Mercy (which I think is a common African name) and her bordello. She has to make tough decisions and sacrifices to put food on the table, look after her sickly husband, send her daughter to college and provide work for Prudence, the daughter of an old friend. Mercy ..... Chipo Chung, Sollie, her husband ..... Vincent Ebrahim, Prudence ..... Lynne Anne Rodgers, Mattress ..... Tonderai Munyevu, Customers ..... Keeran Blessie & Don Gilet, Producer..... David Hunter. A co-production with The Open University in partnership with Commonwealth Writers. Colette Victor is a South African living in Belgium. She came to London in October 2018 to be presented with her prize and to be there at the recording of her play.

    Call for Entries – Imison and Tinniswood Awards 2020

    We were delighted to see Lulu Raczka win the 2019 Imison Award with her radio play Of A Lifetime (produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore, Naked Productions) and Oliver Emanuel awarded the Tinniswood for When the Pips Stop (produced by Kirsty Williams, BBC Glasgow) at the BBC Radio Drama Awards held in February of this year.

    Help us continue to celebrate the best audio drama by sending in your entries for 2020! To be eligible scripts will have to have been broadcast or made available online in the UK between 1 October 2018 - 31 October 2019. Please apply with all supporting materials before 6 October 2019.

    Imison Award - £3,000

    Best original script by a writer new to audio drama with the £3,000 prize sponsored by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. The application form and entry details can be found here:

    2020 judges are committee members of the Society of Authors Scriptwriters Group: Barney Norris, Niel Bushnell, Stefan Buczacki, Jamila Gavin, Nell Leyshon, David Morley, Hannah Silva, Sean Grundy, and Elizabeth-Anne Wheal.

    Shortlisted for the 2019 award alongside Lulu Raczka were Ian Billings with ‘Spike and the Elfin Oak’ (produced by Gemma Jenkins) and Carl Cattermole with ‘Double Bubble’ (produced by the Prison Radio Association).

    The award is administered by the Society of Authors.

    For more information please, click here:

    Tinniswood Award - £3,000

    Best original script with the £3,000 prize being sponsored by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). The application form, more information and entry details can be found here:

    The 2020 judges have not yet been confirmed.

    Shortlisted for the 2019 award alongside Oliver Emanuel were Vivienne Harvey with ‘Playing Dead’ (produced by Nadia Molinari) and Martyn Wade for ‘Holbein’s Skull’ (produced by Tracey Neale).

    The Tinniswood Award is jointly administered by the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

    Please contact Sophia Jackson or myself with any questions: sjackson@societyofauthors.org / tjones@societyofauthors.org .

    Theo Jones / 31 Jul 2018

    2019 2018 2017 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1997 1995 1994

    A summary of past Imison winners is shown below. Note that 2016 is not missing; there was a change in the way the year was worked out.

    2019 Of A Lifetime, by Lulu Raczka
    2018 The Book of Yehudit, by Adam Usden
    2017 Comment is Free, by James Fritz
    2015 Thirty Eggs, by Eoin O'Connor
    2014 How To Say Goodbye Properly, by E.V.Crowe
    2013 The Loving Ballad of Captain Bateman, by Joseph Wilde
    2012 Do You Like Banana, Comrades? by Csaba Székely
    2011 Amazing Grace, by Michelle Lipton
    2010 The Road Wife, by Eoin McNamee
    2009 Girl from Mars,by Lucy Caldwell
    2008 Adam Beeson, for The Magician's Daughter
    2007 Mike Bartlettt, for Not Talking
    2006 Nazrin Choudhury, for Mixed Blood
    2005 Steve Coombs, for Mr. Sex
    2004 Stephen Sharkey, for All You on the Good Earth
    2003 N.Leyshon & S. McAnena for Milk; Celia Bryce for The Skategrinder
    2002 Rhiannon Tise, for The Waltzer
    2001 Murray Gold, for Electricity
    2000 Peter Morgan, for A Matter of Interpretation
    1999 Ben Cooper, for Skin Deep
    1998 Katie Hims, for Earthquake Girl
    1997 John Waters, for Holy Secrets (jt); Rosemary Kay, for Wilde Belles
    1996 Lee Hall, for I Love You Jimmy Spud
    1995 Gerry Stembridge, for Daisy the Cow who Talked (jt) and James Stock, for Kissing the Gargoyle
    1994 Gabriel Gbadamosi, for The Long Hot Summer of '76


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