Plays about British gang culture and the war in Afghanistan are among 10 works on the shortlist for the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
Described as the UK’s biggest playwriting competition, a record 2,188 scripts were entered this year.
At the shortlist stage, only the names of the plays are revealed. The writers remain anonymous until the winners are announced on 15 November.
It is the third time the competition has run since it began in 2005.
“This is a shortlist of plays that feel urgent and young,” said Sarah Frankcom, judge and joint artistic director of the Royal Exchange, Manchester.