Payne was a member of the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court and made his debut at the Court in September 2010 with Wanderlust. His second play, Constellations, starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, opened to critical acclaim in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in January 2012 and will transfer to the Duke of York's as part of the Royal Court's West End season.
The first Harold Pinter Playwright's Award was awarded in 2011 to Anders Lustgarten. It is now given annually by Harold Pinter's widow, Lady Antonia Fraser, to support a new commission at the Royal Court. There are no restrictions on the award and can be given to any playwright, from a first-time, unpublished writer to one already established.
Payne said in a statement, "To be the recipient of this year's award is both thrilling and humbling. I am deeply grateful to [Royal Court artistic director] Dominic Cooke and Lady Antonia Fraser for their support; it means a great deal to me."
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
So pull up a chair and order up a drink. Because she's got a life to sing. Tickets as low as $85!
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You