The Barry Reckord Bursary



Ravi Thornton was awarded the inaugural bursary in 2013.




The London Hub created The Barry Reckord Bursary, a new playwriting bursary open to BAME writers resident in the UK.  This bursary is part of The London Hub’s commitment to supporting emerging artists.

The beneficiary of the bursary receives financial support; mentoring by a dramaturg; the opportunity to have their play co-commissioned by Talawa Theatre Company and Bush Theatre; and publication of their play Oberon Books if it is produced.

About Barry Reckord
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Barry Reckord made a significant contribution to British Theatre with work that captured the conflicts of class and race during 1960’s Britain. His award winning play Skyvers was first produced at The Royal Court in 1963. Other work includes the plays Flesh to a Tiger, You in Your Small Corner and the television dramas In the Beautiful Caribbean and Club Havana. Some 14 plays of his were produced in London, New York and Jamaica, where he was nationally recognized with a silver Musgrave medal.

List of plays:
1953: Della (Ward Theatre, Kingston, Jamaica)
1954: Adella (London)
1958: Flesh to a Tiger (Royal Court, London)
1960: You in Your Small Corner (Royal Court)
1963, 1971: Skyvers (Royal Court)
1970: A Liberated Woman (Royal Court)
1973: Give the Gaffers Time To Love You (Royal Court, Theatre Upstairs)
1974: X (Royal Court, Theatre Upstairs)
1975: The White Witch of Rose Hall (Creative Arts Centre, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica)
1985: The White Witch (London)
1988: Sugar D (Barn Theatre, Kingston, Jamaica)

Selection Panel:
Patricia Cumper (Chair), Playwright
Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company
Madani Younis, Artistic Director, Bush Theatre
Maria Oshodi, Artistic Director, Extant
Melina Theocharidou, Editor, Oberon Books

The bursary is supported by Oberon Books.

Patrons of The Barry Reckord Bursary: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Margaret Bernal.

The bursary was launched at Reckord Celebrations on Sunday 23 September 2012 at Bush Theatre.

Reckord Celebrations celebrated the pioneering life and work of playwright Barry Reckord who died in 2011.

The income from the ticket sales funded the bursary in 2013.

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