For the fifth time lucky for the top drama award winner

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Bristol, writer and composer, has won Europe’s biggest playwriting competition at the fifth attempt.

Timothy X Atack has entered the biennial Bruntwood Prize every time since the beginning except one.

This year, he has triumphed over 1,897 other entrants to win the £16,000 first prize for his playing of the worm of the heart.

Atack, who has had plays produced on stage and on BBC Radio 4, was named the winner at a ceremony at the Manchester Royal Exchange theatre.

He is currently working on the site as sound designer on the stage version of the 1978 punk film Jubilee.

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The Royal Exchange will now stage its winning play, about a couple who rent their spare room to an unusual guest, in collaboration with the London Royal Court.

The royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone described the worm from the heart, as “a brilliantly disconcerting and visceral piece of work by a distinctive character and strongly theatre of the voice”.

The judges ‘ awards of £8,000 each Tim Foley, Sharon Clark and Laurie Nunn, daughter of former National Theatre artistic director Trevor Nunn.

She entered in his first game King Brown, which explores racism in the 1970s in Australia.

The judges were writer Russell T Davies, playwright Lucy Prebble and Kirsty Lang, presenter of Radio 4’s Front Row.

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