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New Writing Competition Winners Announced

THE FINAL CHOICES ARE MADE FOR THE WATERMILL’S NEW WRITING COMPETITION

RAISING VOICES

The final selection for The Watermill’s new writing competition Raising Voices has been made. A team of readers headed by Ade Morris, The Watermill Outreach Director, read the 47 entries,

"This is the third time that the Watermill has hosted the Raising Voices festival for new writers in theatre, and the standard of plays submitted has been higher than ever. From such a wealth of storytelling, moving, funny, tragic and timely, finding just a handful to read to the public has been tricky - however we do have four clear winners, two longer and two short plays, which we think the Watermill audiences will enjoy; each is very different and reflects a different theatrical style."

The plays will be performed as a rehearsed reading by professional actors.

Monday 29th March
ONE PLUS INFINITY
by Jimmy Brown
Directed by Eve Leigh

Dyslexic young singer Isla is in crisis, in her life and relationship, following her diagnosis with melanoma. At the Rosemberg Clinic she meets a fellow sufferer, Jack. Jack also has Asperger's syndrome and is a brilliant student at Cambridge. As time flicks backwards we discover a touching, funny and life affirming love story with great resonance.

Tuesday 30th March
THE ROAD TO PORT OF BARRY
by Christopher J Orton and Robert Gould
Directed by Jamie Harper

Described by one of our readers as 'Gavin and Stacey with a gun' this Pinteresque farce set in a caravan is a shot of comedy and metaphysical whisky.

Tuesday 30th March
PLANTING DAVID
by Laura Ellen Major
Directed by Jamie Harper

A village hall drama in a teacup in which small talk and flower beds hold a deadly secret. When Cheryl turns up to help her fellow ladies with a bit of strategic weeding in the village hall flower bed she brings with her a shocking revelation.

Wednesday 31st March
NEARER TO SHAKESPEARE
by Jane Brough
 Directed by Derek Bond

When Conrad Milner, the local randy bachelor, decides to settle down, he sparks a series of revelations and recollections spanning the last twenty-odd years. A drama of great breadth charting the lives and loves of a group of professional friends, their history and their hopes.

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