Rapper Testament shortlisted for SoA audio award

Rapper Testament shortlisted for SoA audio award

Rapper and beatboxer Testament has been shortlisted for the Society of Authors' Imison Award honouring the best original script for an audio drama by a new writer.

Testament, aka Andy Brooks, features on the 2020 shortlist for "The Beatboxer", an audio drama produced for BBC Radio 4 by Gary Brown, which the judges described as "original and witty".

The Yorkshire-based artist, who also holds the Guinness World Record for leading the world’s largest Human Beatbox ensemble, appears on the shortlist alongside South African author Colette Victor and poet and pub singer Vicky Foster.

Victor was named "one to watch" after scripting "By God’s Mercy", a "highly original, clever, ingenious, powerful, and timely" audio drama produced by David Hunter for the BBC World Service.

Foster, whose poetry collection Changing Tides is published by King’s England Press, appears for "Bathwater", a "mesmerising, incredibly powerful, gripping and a well-written piece that handles domestic violence in an unconventional way".

The £3,000 prize is judged by members of the SoA’s Scriptwriters Group, including Stefan Buczacki, Jamila Gavin, Nell Leyshon, David Morley, Barney Norris, Hannah Silva, Sean Grundy and Elizabeth-Anne Wheal.

The shortlist for a second award, the Tinniswood Award, for best audio drama script of the year, was also revealed. It comprises: Katie Hims for "Home Front: A Fragile Peace"; Ian Martin, a comedy writer for "The Thick of It", for "The Hartlepool Spy"; and James Tait Black Memorial prize-winner Tanika Gupta MBE for her "evocative" script for "Death of a Matriarch".  Judged by Patricia Cumper, Robert Bathurst and Rhiannon Tise, it is also worth £3,000 and is sponsored by the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society.

Both prizes will be presented as part of the BBC Audio Drama Awards on 2nd February 2020.