THREE talented writers have been named as the winners of Lyceum Theatre Oldham’s one-act playwriting competition.
The three – picked out of 33 entries – will each receive a cash prize and have their production shown at the theatre on July 13 and 14, 2018.
The winning script ‘Twister’ was written by retired teacher Ian Gray, originally from South Yorkshire but now living in Wigan.
His play was inspired by material from Amnesty International and explores the effects of enhanced interrogation on the practitioner as well as the victim.
Using humour and menace in equal measure, Ian’s compelling drama twists and turns, leaving the audience powerfully uncomfortable and challenged.
The second prize goes to Manchester born and bred Bob Pegg. Researching for another project, he discovered that Charlotte Bronte and Karl Marx were both in Manchester on the same day in 1846.
His play, ‘The Salutation’, imagines a meeting between these two great minds, using historical facts as well as dramatic licence to explore how their conversation may have gone.
Third prize winner Patricia Cunningham has worked all her life in social work and lives in Heaton Mersey, near Stockport.
Her play ‘A Good Man’ explores preconceptions about what makes a good rather than a bad man, through an interview between a Probation Officer and John, who is on remand.
Appearing at first to be simply an angry young man, the interview reveals his true character, but also a piece of evidence that may be crucial.
PlotFest was an anonymous competition run by Lyceum Theatre Oldham last year. The winners have all had work produced in the past for local theatre groups, the BBC and as part of other writing festivals.
The three short plays will be performed as part of Greater Manchester Fringe Festival on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8.50 and are on sale online: lyceumtheatre.org.uk
Find Lyceum Theatre Oldham at 95 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1QG.