Papatango Prize Winners 2021


Come to the SJT to listen to the three Papatango Prize Winners 2021.

Price: Free (£5 refundable deposit for tablet)

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7 December - 11 December 2021

Please note, this event is only bookable in person via Box Office between 7 - 11 December.


Three new audio plays from the company that brought you Shook. The three winners of the 2021 Papatango Prize are presented in a unique audio format. This year's Prize received a phenomenal standard of entries. Selected from 1,410 entries in a reimagined iteration of the annual awards in partnership with ETT (English Touring Theatre), these three audio productions will play from free listening stations or via a QR code in theatres across the UK, with copies of the scripts including braille translations available.

Just come along to the SJT, pay a £5 refundable deposit (it would help us if you can pay cash) for a tablet and headphones at the box office (devices and headphones will be sanitised between each use), find a comfy spot (we suggest the sofas near our shop, or perhaps a coffee at Eat Me Café) and listen in to one, two or all three new plays!

Alternatively, you can scan the QR code which you’ll find on posters in the foyer, and listen on your own device when you get home. Look out, too, for the QR code on posters in other venues around town.

These three new plays were first presented in October 2021 at the Bush Theatre, London before embarking on a UK tour. They are published digitally by Nick Hern Books.

Some Of Us Exist In The Future

by Nkenna Akunna

Chiamaka is new to all this. Fresh off the plane from the UK, she's new to Brooklyn and its extremes. She's new to queer dating, to the realities of being an immigrant. Most of all, she's new to the voices of the gods...

Utterly original, wryly funny and always gripping, Some Of Us Exist In The Future follows one woman’s journey to finding her place in a world that’s not all it seems.

“Emotionally rewarding, refreshing and relevant all at once.”
West End Best Friend

Black Masc - Oseloka Obi 
Neighbour/You - babirye bukilwa 
Chiamaka – Rachel Nwokoro 
Isata – Funmi James 
Coe - Florian Clare 

Creative Team 
Writer - Nkenna Akunna 
Director - Rasheka Christie-Carter 
Composer and Sound Designer - Xana 

Estimated running time: 65 minutes
Age guidance: 14+
Content warnings: References to drug use, discussions of mental illness, racism and homophobia, and some strong language. 

The Silence and The Noise
by Tom Powell

Every teenager knows what it’s like to be stuck between things: childhood and maturity, innocence and experience, hope for the future and uncertainty about what that will be. But Daize is torn between even greater challenges: her love for her vulnerable mother and her dangerous friendship with Ant. An outsider with knockout trainers, Ant has just appeared on her doorstep, bringing with him a whole world of trouble.

The Silence and The Noise beautifully captures the story of two young people on the edge.

“A modest masterpiece.”
The Stage


Daize - Shakira Riddell-Morales
Ant - Aldous Ciokajlo-Squire

Creative Team 
Director - George Turvey
Composer and Sound Designer - Asaf Zohar

Estimated running time at point of going to print: 45 minutes.
 Age guidance: 14+
Content warnings: Strong language, with some references to violence, drug use and domestic abuse.

Ghost Stories From An Old Country
by Tajinder Singh Hayer

Dalvir has always told a good ghost story, properly unsettling, dark tales to send a chill right through his younger brother Amar. But now Dalvir’s almost a ghost himself, cloistered and secretive. Amar desperately wants to reconnect with the only family he has left, but can he unravel Dalvir’s stories to find a way back to his brother?

Threaded through with captivating fables, Ghost Stories From An Old Country is a riveting and poignant exploration of the ties that bind us.

"A deep and moving exploration of brotherhood."
The Stage

Amar - Shane Zaza
Paula - Rebecca Crankshaw 
Dal - Raj Ghatak 

Creative Team 
Director - Jessica Lazar 
Composer and Sound Designer - Farokh Soltani

Estimated running time: 55 minutes. 
Age guidance: 12+
Content warnings: Discussions of mental illness, suicide, therapy, and loss. 

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