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Salisbury Playhouse launches playwriting competition

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14 June 2016

South West writers have the opportunity to have their new play staged by one of the country’s leading producing theatres as Salisbury Playhouse launches its new Theatre Fest West Writer’s Prize. The winning writer will have their play produced by Salisbury Playhouse and will receive a cash prize of £2,000.

Salisbury Playhouse is committed to producing new work from and about the South West. Through its Original Drama programme the Playhouse supports and nurtures talented writers based in the region to bring the unique perspective of the South West to a wider national audience. Entries are welcomed from writers based in or who have a connection with the South West region.

Shortlisted plays will receive a rehearsed reading as part of Theatre Fest West in February 2017 following research and development at Salisbury Playhouse with a professional director and actors. The writer of the winning script will receive a cash prize of £2,000 and the play will be developed and staged as a full production at Salisbury Playhouse as part of the Original Drama programme.

Entries must be full length plays of an hour or more in playing time and must be an original, unproduced and unperformed piece of work. For this reason adaptations are not eligible.

Gareth Machin, Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse, says “Original Drama lies at the heart of our artistic vision and we are constantly looking at ways to bring South West stories and voices on to our stages. This competition is a fantastic opportunity for us to introduce a new talent to our audience and to continue reflecting the distinctive perspective of our region”.

Entries must be received by 9am on Monday 3 October 2016. For more information and to read the submission guidelines please visit the Theatre Fest West Writer's Prize page.

Theatre Fest West, Salisbury Playhouse’s annual celebration of work produced in the South West, runs from 10-25 February 2017 with performances at Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre, The Pound in Corsham and Trowbridge Arts.