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Playwriting Prize for Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley

As part of The Den coming to Leigh in August 2021, the Royal Exchange Leigh Ambassadors ran a local playwriting competition to engage with local writers, and then ran it again to encourage creativity during the 2020 lockdowns. Open and targetted workshops were ran to engage anybody new or old to playwriting.

The task was write an orginal 10-30 minute play and be in with the chance to have your work produced and performed in the Royal Exchange Theatre's Den at Spinners Mill.

The winners of the first round were Pegeen Murphy, Alison Ormrod, Charlotte Kirton, Mary Berry and from the second round Amy Drake, Lumen Hirata-Smith, Tom Stocks and Sarah Teale.

Winner Tom Stocks said...

“I am absolutely over the moon about winning. I never thought that after just scraping a C at GCSE level I would ever be the winner of a writing competition by The Royal Exchange. I grew up attending the Exchange so to now be part of their programme is just a dream come true.”

Suzanne Bell, The Royal Exchange’s award-winning dramaturg and LocalTALE judge said…
"We were bowled over by the submissions to this year's competition and excited to read such a broad range of responses to everything that happened in 2020. Writing a play from scratch and sending it out into the world for other people to experience is a brave act and I would like to thank everyone who submitted for the dedication, ambition and imagination they brought to their work. We are delighted to announce the four winners whose plays opened up new worlds, made us see the world in new ways and showed the power of human connection. As things begin to reopen and we hope to soon welcome audiences back into theatres, the power of imagination and human relationships is more important than ever and we look forward to sharing these stories with you."


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For those inspired to write their own play, download the research pack here.


You can also find writing resources on the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting website WRITEAPLAY.CO.UK.