On Thursday 23 May we gathered together to find out who would win the 2018/19 Playwriting competition.
The Judges Serena Haywood, Clara Watson-Parr and Lily-Ann Green have been busy over the past few weeks reading the sixty entries from all over the country, along with the home-grown talent of east London. We were now down to the final few ten minute plays written based on the theme of The Activists.
All six plays were completely different and all thoroughly enjoyable, from the supernatural, macabre, tragic, thought provoking, through to the humorous; our audience was captivated by an eclectic group of performances
The finalists were:
Shotgunned by Matthew Wixey – A clairvoyant experiences some difficulties at his latest gig.
The Hitwomen of Highbury by Ophelia Reid – The ‘apparently’ respectable group of ladies-who-lunch need to interview for a new chair of their close-knit group as she prepares to get married.
Tidal Wave by Tom Mellors – On his rounds of Kensington Gardens a security guard comes across a distressed and heavily pregnant young woman, can he help her?
Recruits by William Patterson – Ron tells his wife Pam he is off to war, but Pam questions his motives, will he have the courage of his convictions and go?
The Niqab by Nick Maynard –Two young Muslim girls try to make sense of their complex life, living in a modern western culture, whilst being respectful to their culture and faith.
I Will Not Eat My Peas by Jack Lawrence – Teenage rebellion takes an unexpected turn!
The script-in-hand performances were wonderfully staged and directed by Lucy Kaufman and Jonathan Kaufman.
Whilst the judges made their final decisions, we were treated to an excerpt from Lucy Kaufman’s successful play Eleanor Marx based on the tragic last days of Karl Marx’s daughter.
At the end of the evening we had the pleasure of announcing the winner as Tom Mellor with his play Tidal Wave. Tom will receive his trophy and prize of a tablet PC at the Pen to Print Awards on 27 June at Barking Learning Centre.
Congratulations to all of the finalists for making the evening so special.
The cast were:
Deborah Garvey, Jimand Allotey, Marissa Hussain,
Sarah Whitehouse, David Sayers and Rafiq Richard.
The winner is...