Famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket has expressed his immense pride after daughter Katie won a prestigious playwriting competition.
Katie Mulgrew, 30, was the winner of the first ever Liverpool Hope University playwriting prize, with her work entitled Omnibus, which follows a group of friends following a soap opera.
Not only did she earn herself £10,000 in the process, but she now has the opportunity to see the play produced by the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, one of the partners for the competition along with the Liverpool Echo newspaper.
She was the only female comic among the 10 finalists.
Katie told The Stage newspaper: “I entered the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize because some of my heroes are on the judging panel, and I would adore the opportunity to work with such a beautiful theatre, positively soaked in history and talent.”
Her play was shortlisted at the start of the year as part of a group of 10 plays that went to a judging panel consisting of:
– Comedienne Kathy Burke
– Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce
– Playwright, director and visiting professor at Liverpool Hope University John Godber
– Playwriter & arts journalist Paul Allen
– Chief executive of the Royal Court Theatre Kevin Fearon
– Principal Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at Liverpool Hope University Dr John Bennett
– Liverpool Echo arts editor Catherine Jones
Jimmy said: “I am really thrilled for Katie and am incredibly proud of this tremendous achievement.”