November 27, 2019

Jasmine Lee-Jones wins Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright and Alfred Fagon Award 2019

Jasmine was named winner of the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her debut play, seven methods of killing kylie jenner which we supported through the Jerwood New Playwrights programme at the Royal Court.

seven methods of killing kylie jenner sees a young woman taking to Twitter to voice her frustration at white women continually profiting off the culture and stereotypes of black people.
The play combines theatre with memes, gifs and emojis. It ran at the Royal Court in the summer and was directed by Milli Bhatia.

On receiving the award Jasmine said: “In so many ways, this play was never meant to happen,” she said. “Seriously, I didn’t think it was going to happen. If I’d walked into most theatres and said I wanted to write a play about two black women, half on the internet half in real life with warring identities, spoken in deep South London slang, many people would have laughed in my face.”

Jasmine also received the Alfred Fagon Award, which is worth £6,000 and was awarded on Friday, 15 November 2019 at the Dorfman Theatre. The award was made by Roy Alexander Weise, Joint Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange. The Alfred Fagon Award is given on an annual basis to the best new play by a Black-Britsh playwright while also honouring the life of actor, playwright, poet and boxer Alfred Fagon, who passed away in 1986.  In the past, the award has honoured writers such as Theresa Ikoko, Michaela Coel, and Charlene James, just to name a few.

seven methods of killing kylie jenner by Jasmine Lee-Jones. Featured: Tia Bannon and Danielle Vitalis. Image: Helen Murray