27 January 2013
Posted in Radio
Tinniswood Award winner Murray Gold at the BBC Audio Drama Awards (pic: Anne Hogben/WGGB)
Kafka the Musical by Murray Gold has won the 2012 Tinniswood Award for the the best original radio drama script by any writer broadcast in the period 1 January 2011 – 30 June 2012. The Award is jointly administered by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and the Society of Authors. The prize of £1,500 to the winner is generously sponsored by the ALCS (the Authors’ Licencing and Collecting Society). The judges are Meg Davis, Jonathan Myerson and Tim Stimpson.
The award was announced at the BBC Radio Drama Awards presented in London on 27 January 2013.
Also on the shortlist were Like Minded People by David Eldridge and Angarrack by Christopher William Hill
Kafka the Musical was written by Murray Gold, produced and directed by Jeremy Mortimer for BBC Radio 3, starring David Tennant. The play - or is it the musical? - introduces Kafka and the audience to some of the key characters in his life, Milena Jesenska, Dora Diamant and Felice Bauer.
Murray Gold was born in Portsmouth. His first play for radio, Electricity, won the Imison award in 2003. It was staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2004 and revived in 2011 by Barefaced Theatre. Other plays include 50 Revolutions (Whitehall Theatre/Oxford Stage), Resolution (BAC), Candide (Gate Theatre). He has recently collaborated with Carol-Ann Duffy and Ballet Lorent on a new production of Rapunzel for Sadlers Wells/Northern Stage. His music has been performed all over the world, most recently by the Metropolitan Orchestra at Sydney Opera House.
The judges said: 'Kafka The Musical genuinely took the listener somewhere different, maybe somewhere that doesn't exist - riffing off Kafkaesque surrealism to create its own new brand of surreal radio.’
The Imison Award 2012
The winner of the Imison Award for the best original script by a writer new to radio broadcast the previous year. Was Do You Like Banana, Comrades? by Csaba Székely Also on the shortlist were The Day We Caught the Train by Nick Payne and The Takeover by Paul Sellar. The Imison Award is administered by the Society of Authors.
The judges described Do You Like Banana, Comrade? as 'a deft, witty, and often very moving picture of life under a totalitarian regime.'The full list of BBC Audio Drama Awards winners can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2013/audiodramaawardswinners.html