Nick Darke Award Finalist Has Play Aired on BBC Radio 4

Tuesday 9 July 2013
Nick Darke Award

Freelance writer and dramatist Sarah Hehir’s award winning radio play Bang Up will be debuting on BBC Radio 4 this August.

Sarah Hehir won The Writers Prize this year with a script originally written for the Nick Darke Award, which is funded by Falmouth University. Sarah entered the award in 2012, and was one of eight shortlisted by a panel of professional industry judges. This experience seems to have paid off, as Sarah was chosen as one of three finalists from 1,200 scripts to have their work commissioned for Radio 4.

Sarah’s winning script Bang Up was described by judge Jeremy Howe as, “beautifully written, moving and insightful”. Sarah and her cast of voice actors travelled to Manchester this month to record the play and bring her script to life.

Bang Up tells the story of Emma, a woman teaching literacy in prison, who recognises a kindred spirit in Lee, a prisoner whose naïve and arresting writing leads her to make changes to her otherwise mundane life. Everything goes well until Lee meets with a face from the past that shatters his resolve and sends his life hurtling into disorder.

The Nick Darke award, designed to unearth talent in scriptwriting, served as a platform for Sarah’s recent success.

She said: “I will never forget opening the email from the Nick Darke Award - it was the first time that I truly felt I might be a writer. So much has happened this year (including a lot of writing!) much of it stemming from the confidence that the whole experience of being shortlisted gave me.”

Bang Up will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on August 8 at 14.15

For more information on the Nick Darke Award visit the link below.