Following the success of 2016’s Anglian Voices playwriting competition, kindly sponsored by Alex Worrall and Roger Quince, the Theatre Royal Writers’ group have announced its return for 2017. Aspiring writers are being asked to create a play on the theme of ‘Leaving’.

 

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Run in conjunction with the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds the competition is being split into 2 age groups 16 – 25 years and 25 years and over. Shortlisted playwrights will receive a workshop with a dramaturg to develop their skills. The winning playwright in each age category will have an opportunity to have their play performed at the Theatre Royal on Friday 23rd June 2017 and will receive a £300 cash prize.

Aspiring writers are being asked to create a play no longer than 1 hour in length and containing no more than 4 characters and are required to submit their play before Tuesday 28th February 2017.

© Keith Mindham photography
© Keith Mindham photography

 

Sian Notley, author of Breathing the Blue, the 2016 winner said ‘Winning the inaugural Anglian Voices playwriting competition in May gave me a real shot of confidence that my writing has reached a certain level and is worth developing further. The generous backing of the Theatre Royal with its provision of professional actors, director and space meant that the focus was on the writing itself. It’s the fastest way to show a writer what works and what doesn’t. It’s a chance we don’t often get.

A truly invaluable prize for reaching the final three was spending half a day with dramaturg Dani Iwazsko, whose incisive comments and enthusiastic encouragement helped me believe I could rewrite on a very tight deadline and craft a better work. The difficult craft of writing plays is one where the moments of joy outweigh the hours of angst.

I’m very grateful to the Theatre Writers and Bury Theatre Royal for supporting the event and look forward to its successful future.’

Download the Application form: Anglian-Voices-2017-Play-Writing-Competition-Submission-Form