Nick Darke Writers' Award Winner Announced

Thursday 10 November 2016
(l-r) Jane Darke, 2016 winner Hinrich von Haaren and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Geoff Smith. Image by Alex Walker from Cartel Photos

Hinrich von Haaren's play, Coma Girl, has won him £6000 as the winner of the 2016 Nick Darke Writers' Award.

Hinrich's play is a black comedy about greed, weakness and our urge to get to the bottom of bottomless things.

The announcement was made at a ceremony held at the National Theatre on Wednesday 9 November. Receiving the prize, Hinrich said: "Winning is a huge surprise. When I finished writing Coma Girl I wasn't really sure about it. It was only after I invited some actor friends over, who sat around my dinner table and read it that I began to like it. I loved them taking it of my hands and doing something completely different with it - and so I'm now hugely grateful to the Nick Darke Writers' Award for confirming that it's a good play."

Coma Girl was selected the winner from a shortlist of seven plays by a judging panel of directors, writers and producers.

Jeremy Howe, Commissioning Editor, Drama and Fiction for BBC Radio 4, said: "A play entirely driven by whip sharp dialogue, with a character at its centre who not only never speaks (she is in a coma) but never appears, and characters who are funny, horrible, likeable and hateable all at the same time."

Conceived by Jane Darke in 2006, The Nick Darke Writers' Award aims to continue Nick Darke's legacy by promoting the best new writing for stage. Funded and run by Falmouth it is designed to provide the time that financial support facilitates.