Benedict Lombe has been awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2022 for her play Lava which premiered at the Bush Theatre in summer 2021.
It is the largest playwriting prize honouring women+ writing for the English-speaking theatre, and Lava is the first debut play in the award's history to win the prize.
Praise for Lava:
★★★★ “Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo is luminous in Benedict Lombe’s passionate memoir-monologue that weaves lyrical storytelling with untiring protest.” Guardian
★★★★ “Brilliant, blistering theatre.” The Times
★★★★ “Wry, magnetic and urgent.” Evening Standard