A step in the right direction! Sixteen Feet theatre company launches competition for Lambeth playwrights

Burgeoning Lambeth-based writers and theatre connoisseurs have the opportunity to see their work performed by a professional theatre company.

Sixteen Feet Productions, a Lambeth-based arts charity, are running the First Draft play writing competition for the second year running.

Open to everyone working, studying or living in Lambeth, First Draft will transform a selection of the winners’ work into play to run on June 5 and 6 as part of the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival.

Last year’s competition saw eight winners picked from more than 70 entrants.

One of the successful applicants was then fourteen-year-old Tejal Rayamjhi, whose play Sunny tells the story of a young girl followed by a ghost like figure – a manifestation of her depression and consciousness.

Assistant producer of the project, Jen Davis, 22, is keen that young writers follow in Tejal’s footsteps.

“We’re really interested in promoting young talents,” Miss Davis, an Acton resident said. “It’s a great opportunity for young, undiscovered talent to see their work performed.”

Sixteen Feet’s other work focuses on the retelling of classic stories in a contemporary way.

Performed as part of their Promenade Productions in Brockwell Park, Andrew Walsh’s Goldilocks and the Three Endings produced an interactive version of the fairytale that responded to the audience’s heckled input.

Those interested in entering the competition are encouraged to log on to www.sixteenfeet.co.uk before midnight on April 23.

Picture courtesy of Leo Reynolds, with thanks

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