Winners of the Stewart Parker Trust Awards '16: Ian Toner, Una McKevitt and Brid Ó Gallchoir of Aisling Ghéar (c) Photography by Ger Holland

The Stewart Parker Trust Awards ’16 were announced at the Project Arts Centre today.

Set up in honour of the late Belfast playwright, Stewart Parker (1941-1988), the Stewart Parker Trust seeks to encourage new writers for theatre in Ireland, North and South. The main award is the New Playwright Bursary, awarded annually to an emerging playwright. Two BBC Northern Ireland awards have also been established in Stewart Parker’s memory and form part of this annual initiative.


The New Playwright Bursary was awarded to Una McKevitt for Alien Documentary.

The BBC Northern Ireland Radio Drama Award was awarded to Ian Toner for Animalia.

The BBC Northern Ireland Irish Language Drama Award was awarded to Aisling Ghéar, marking twenty years of the company’s commitment to Irish language theatre.


The Stewart Parker Trust Shortlist for 2016 was:

A Sinkhole in Guatemala by Sarah Gordon

Hostel 16 by Fionnuala Gygax

Helen and I by Meadhbh McHugh

Alien Documentary by Una McKevitt

Animalia by Ian Toner


Further information on all the plays listed can be found on our PLAYOGRAPHYIreland database.

Well done to all nominated and many congratulations to the winners!