Dawn King

Foxfinder won the Papatango Theatre Company new writing competition in 2011 and was produced by Papatango at the Finborough Theatre, in a sell-out production directed by Blanche McIntyre. Foxfinder has been translated into several languages and produced all over the world and is now in development as a feature film project with Elation Films and the BFI.

Foxfinder was revived in the West End by producer Bill Kenwright in September 2018 with a cast including Olivier Award winner Iwan Rheon, directed by Rachel O’Riordan.


  • Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award 2013
  • Most Promising Playwright, Off West End Awards 2012
  • One of The Independent’s Top Five Plays of 2011


  • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2012 (shortlisted)
  • James Tait Black drama prize 2011/2012 (shortlisted)
  • Off West End Awards 2012 Best New Play (shortlisted)

You can buy the text for this and Ciphers from Nick Hern books.

Critics on Foxfinder’s Finborough premiere –

"In a wan year for new writing, Dawn King's play shines out like a beacon… it remains an arresting and individual work that haunts the mind long after you've seen it…the most compelling new work I have seen this year."Guardian
"It's a script which lays out her vividly imagined plot so subtly that you don’t notice King is trying to make you think something until you’ve already thought it."The Telegraph
"Rich, rare and deeply unsettling." Time Out

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