Winners announcement



The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting, the new competition from the Bush Theatre, Oberon Books, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins and Writers at Work Productions, is delighted to announce the winners from competition one.


Entries were received from all over the UK for the competition, which provided writers with the opportunity to follow lesson plans written by those leading the way in the industry prior to sending in their play, and the standard of entries was very high, making selecting the winners a difficult task.


There are 4 categories of winner: a schools, Universities, emerging writer and general writer category.


University entries included entries from Edinburgh, Manchester, Aberystwyth, York, Leeds, Reading, Greenwich, East Anglia, RADA, Birkbeck, Brunel, Central School of Speech and Drama, Durham, Central Saint Martins, Open College of the Arts, Queen Mary, Bangor, Cambridge, University of the Arts London and others.


Schools entries included entries from schools in Colchester, Rugby and London and others.


Emerging and general entries were sent from all over the UK.


The winners are:


Schools category: Vee Tames, Colchester Grammar School


University category: Titilola Dawudu, Central Saint Martins, and Monique Geraghty, Queen Mary, University of London


Emerging/general category: Mufaro Makubika, based in Nottingham, and Miriam Battye, based in Salford, Greater Manchester


Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader for the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins said: “We’re delighted that so many people chose to enter The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting and particularly that many entrants spoke of how useful they found access to the lesson plans which are written by those leading the way in playwriting training in the industry. We are looking forward to working with the five writers and to publishing the book at the end of the year, which will include all of the lesson plans and work by the five winning writers. I think it can be hard to get access to a lot of industry training as much of it hasn’t been published, so it can be hard to know what is being taught and thought about in the industry when you are starting out. We hope access to these lesson plans will make all the difference. The standard of entries across the board was also extremely high. My feedback to all the entrants is areas I particularly enjoyed were lots of big ideas/themes which writers seemed passionate about (I think Rob’s and Ola’s advice in lesson plan one and two about thinking about what issues you care abut and what would be the one play you’d write before you die was great advice). Also a lot of the work was very well structured, which made it stand out. Also a lot of plays used theatricality/the medium of theatre and writing for the theatre really well. Overall, it was a very hard decision to select the winners and I’d like to thank everybody who entered – we will offer one final free workshop at London Writers Week to offer feedback and advice to everyone who took the trouble to enter, which we hope is helpful”.


Rob Drummer, Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre said:

“The breadth and quality of submissions has been inspiring and the five very different and deserving winners have written with real vibrancy. I was impressed and heartened to see so many writers asking big questions of the world we live in and am looking forward to getting to know them and their plays over the coming months. The Bush is proud to partner on a competition that reflects the plurality of our culture and shines a light on stories and writers that aren’t always visible. I can’t wait to join in celebrating all the winners at London Writers’ Week in July.”


George Spender, Senior Editor at Oberon Books said: “It’s a delight to see so many entries, and for all these writers to be engaging intelligently with these lesson plans. The diversity, scope, and ambition of these winning plays is to be applauded.”


The winners’ work will be shown as part of London Writers Week at Central Saint Martins in July, whose full schedule will be announced in early May.


Following this, the lesson plans and winners’ work will be published by Oberon Books in 2017, in addition to another volume “Dramatic Writing Masterclasses: Key Advice from the Industry Masters” which will provide key advice across all forms of dramatic writing from those leading the way in the industry.


Lesson plans for this competition were written by Ola Animashawun, founder of the Royal Court Theatre’s young writers programme, Fin Kennedy, creator of Schoolwrights and Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company, John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers Academy, Lucy Kerbel, creator of the Platform project for writing for young girls and Director of Tonic Theatre, Rob Drummer, Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre and others.


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