WordTheatre presents The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

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This year, WordTheatre was asked to cast and direct the six stories shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for its fourth consecutive year.  The EFG Short Story Award is the highest honor in short story writing across the globe, with a prize of £30,000. Past winners include: Junot Díaz (2013), Kevin Barry (2012), Anthony Doerr (2011), and  C.K. Stead (2010).

This year’s authors included: Tahmima Anam, Anna Metcalfe, Elizabeth Strout, Jonathan Tel, Marjorie Celona, & Adam Johnson

Wednesday, April 2nd:


Kulvinder Ghir (Bend It Like Beckham) performed “Anwar Gets Everything” by Tahmima Anam

Gemma Chan (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Yellow Face at NT) & Benjamin Starr (Yellow Face at NT)performed “Number Three” by Anna Metcalfe

Sarah Alexander (Jonathan Creek) performed “Snow Blind” by Elizabeth Strout

Thursday, April 3rd:


Tom McKay (The White Queen) & Emma Hamilton (RSC: Richard II) performed “Nirvana” by Adam Johnson

Lesley Manville (2014 Olivier nominee Ghosts) performed “The Shoe King of Shanghai” by Jonathan Tel

Damien Molony (Ripper Street) performed “Othello” by Marjorie Celona

Artistic Director, Cedering Fox. UK Producer, Kirsty Peart.

EFG is a keen supporter of the written word. In addition to its close association with The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, it has supported a number of literary festivals, including Charleston, Althorp and Chipping Norton, and has worked with WordTheatre for several years.