Ava Pickett
Ava Pickett

2024 Winner

1536

Synopsis: Set in Tudor Essex, across the summer of 1536, Anna, Mariella and Jane fight over gossip, marriage offers and how bad Jane’s hair is. When the news from London of the Queen’s arrest at the hands of her husband reaches them, they all begin to wrestle with what it means to survive in a society that keeps changing the definition of what a good woman is and the friendship splinters apart.

Cast Breakdown: 3 Women, 2 Men

Set/Costume Requirements: Set in an Essex Field with a huge tree, the play tracks through the days of the summer. Elemental and dirty, these are not women of the court, they rarely change clothes, except Jane who has more money. A pregnancy bump and blood are needed. Potentially needs a revolve? Depending on the stylisation of the directing style.

Agent: Amanda Davis at Curtis Brown. Larry Salz and Julien Thuan at UTA

Bio: Ava Pickett is a writer for stage and screen. Her work includes writing  on The Great and Brassic.  She’s currently writing on How To Get To Heaven From Belfast, Lisa McGee’s new comedy thriller for C4 and The Buccaneers for Apple.  She’s developing original projects with Apple and BBC and is currently developing a new  show with Tony Mcnamara. 1536 was commissioned by the Almeida Theatre as part of their Genesis Programme, and received a special commendation by the George Devine Award in 2023, she is currently writing a new play for The Mercury Theatre in Essex.