Manning play wins James Tait Black prize

Tim Price’s play about Bradley Manning has won the inaugural James Tait Black prize for drama.

The work, tracking the life of the American soldier convicted of releasing US state secrets to Wikileaks, was awarded GBP10,000.

The judging panel said The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning won the award as a result of its contemporary nature, its important subject matter, its unique theatrical voice and inventive use of structure made Price’s work a clear winner.

Neil Murray, executive producer at The National Theatre of Scotland, who had a role in judging the awards, said: ‘His play is emotionally resonant on many levels, challenges thinking and teaches us things we did not know with a truly unique voice – exactly what this prize sets out to recognise.’

The play is being staged this month by the National Theatre Wales as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.