Playwright wins prestigious award

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A Starston playwright has scooped a prestigious award for her play which has taken the West End by storm.

Lucy Kirkwood was winner of the Best Play for 2013 at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, held at the Savoy Hotel, London in December, for her play Chimerica.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg presented the award to Miss Kirkwood at the 59th annual ceremony, in front of a star-studded line up.

Some of the biggest names from theatre, film and television were on hand at the event, including Kevin Spacey, Dame Helen Mirren and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Chimeric first appeared at the Almeida Theatre in north London in May, before it hit the West End, with the last show being performed at the end of October following a three-month run.

The play is based on the famous photograph from 1989 of the Tiananmen Square ‘Tank Man’. The plot sees the American photo-journalist who took the picture return to Beijing 23 years later to visit an old Chinese friend.

He finds out, contrary to popular belief he was executed, he is actually alive and well and living in New York.

The journalist then embarks on a quest to find man from the famous image, during the US 2012 election and China

The play, which feature’s 12 actors, more than 100 costumes and 44 scenes, has received positive reviews from the national press.

Charles Spencer, of The Telegraph, awarded the play five stars out of five, describing it as a “dazzling thriller” and “one of the best new plays of the year,” while The Independent’s Paul Taylor similarly awards a five star rating, calling Chimerica “remarkably ambitious,“ and “a strong contender for play of the year.”