Tanika Gupta won the prestigious James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2018. The £10,000 play writing prize is presented annually by the University of Edinburgh for the best original play written in English, Scots or Gaelic and first performed by a professional company in the previous year. Gupta won for her play Lions and Tigers, performed last year at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London, which tells the true story of her great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta.
The awards ceremony took place at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on August 20, hosted by television and radio presenter Shereen Nanjiani.
“The talent and creativity shown by this year’s shortlist was astounding. Tanika Gupta’s epic drama pushes the boundaries of verbatim theatre, telling an important story in a fresh and authentic way never seen on stage before.”– Chair of the judging panel, Greg Walker, Regius professor of rhetoric and English literature at the University of Edinburgh
A updated version of Tanika’s adaptation of Hobson’s Choice, that first appeared at the Young Vic in London in 2003, will be produced at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester in the Spring of 2019.