Kate Lock’s Russian Dolls wins King’s Head Adrian Pagan award

Nested Russian dolls (matryoshkas)

We have news of another success from one of ScriptTank’s long-time members. Kate Lock‘s play Russian Dolls has won the Adrian Pagan award for 2015, so will be performed at Islington’s King’s Head Theatre in April.

The King’s Head describes Russian Dolls as a “wise and witty new drama celebrates cross-generational relationships and lays bare the extraordinary virtue of self-determination. This uncompromising duologue is a tender portrait of how humanitarian values are blind”.

“Hilda is blind, lives alone, and is visited by a carer once a week. Camilla is a young offender looking for her next mark. A surprising and curious relationship sparks off between these opposites as both search for connection and purpose. Kate Lock’s insightful new play delves into maternal relationships and the line between friendship and family, and contrasts our current culture of blame and instant gratification with the self-worth and determination of the post-war generation.”

The very first draft of Russian Dolls was read out at ScriptTank, before Kate embarked on a writing process involving “much blood sweat and tears”.

Congratulations to Kate for a well-deserved win.

Russian Dolls will run for three weeks, from 5 April. Tickets are available from the King’s Head website now, and start from £10.