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Willy Russell (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers) and Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Our House, Neville’s Island, Preston Front) have conquered the theatrical and literary world as well as that of film and television. But both began their careers with plays that were first staged at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Willy Russell’s first show was Blind Scouse at The Rifle Lodge Broughton Street in 1972 and Sam Mendes directed Tim Firth’s first show Hexen, a play about witchcraft in Cheshire, 20 years ago.

In recognition of this and to help promote the staging of quality new writing for theatre on the Edinburgh Fringe, Willy Russell and Tim Firth have come together to create a new award - The WR Foundation Award - which will fund a piece of new writing to the tune of £5000 towards the staging of the production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2005.

Willy Russell and Tim Firth have also joined forces with David Pugh, the West End and Broadway Producer (ART and The Play What I Wrote), who will administer the award.

The world deserves to see quality new writing and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the foremost showcase for the International stage. Russell and Firth invite all those who have written a new play, are writing a new work or who have the most incredible new production but can’t afford to stage it to apply for THE W. R. FOUNDATION AWARD.

How to apply for THE W. R. FOUNDATION AWARD:

Get an application form for the THE W. R. FOUNDATION AWARD. Application forms are available by emailing or calling 020 7434 9757 or by post from David Pugh Ltd, 41 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SB.

Send scripts together with an application form by post to Wendy McAdam C/o David Pugh Ltd, 41 Beak Street, London W1F 9SB by 24 December 2004

Judging will begin in January 2005. A panel of judges, including Willy Russell, Tim Firth and David Pugh will pick the winner. The judges decision is final.

The Winner of the THE W. R. FOUNDATION AWARD will be made on 14 February 2005. The £5000 prize money can be spent on any costs to enable the play to be presented at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The winning play must be presented at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Please Note: There are no restrictions to the scripts that can be sent except that they should be in the English Language and be text-based rather than dance or movement led.

Performers at this years Festival will be able to see Willy Russell and Tim Firth’s show "The Singing Playwrights" for free on Saturday 21, Sunday 22, and Monday 23 August at 5.30pm at the Pleasance Grand, and pick up an application form in person from David Pugh who will be available for discussion after the show. The complimentary tickets for these performances of The Singing Playwrights are asubject to availability and strictly on a first come, first served basis. They can be obtained by going in person to the Pleasance Box Office with your performer’s pass and quoting "The WR Foundation Award".