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BRANAGH’S BACKING (Your News)

BRANAGH’S BACKING (Your News)

BY Flavia Bateson

Chesil Theatre Winchester’s new writing festival TakeTen has received the backing of Sir Kenneth Branagh.

Endorsing Chesil Theatre’s commitment to new writing through the TakeTen New Writing Festival, Sir Kenneth, Patron of the Little Theatre Guild (LTG), said: “Three cheers for Winchester’s Chesil Theatre! At a time of challenge for all, they have bravely looked to creativity and imagination. Their new writing competition can lead the way to new ideas and new and entertaining ways to look at our changed and changing world.

“I hope these exciting writers will help herald the return of live amateur theatre, a vital part of Britain’s creative ecosystem. Bravo Chesil Theatre!
“With respect, Kenneth Branagh.”

With the theme ‘The Road Not Taken’, Chesil Theatre’s TakeTen New Writing Festival – which accepted its final submission on 18 July 2020 – encourages new writers to enter their competition for plays lasting just ten minutes.

The top ten plays chosen by a judging panel will be announced in the autumn this year with performances (fingers crossed) taking place in February 2021.

Chesil Theatre Chairman, David Small, said ahead of the initiative: “At this difficult time for theatre, we’re pleased to have an exciting activity encouraging new writers from across the UK. We’ve been organising a national writing festival every two years since 2008 and we think this is our most ambitious. We’ve been hugely impressed by the range and standard of submissions in the past and we’re looking forward to another highly successful event.”

Up-to-date details of the TakeTen Chesil Theatre New Writing Festival are available on the society’s website at: www.chesiltheatre.org.uk

THE 16th WINDSOR FRINGE KENNETH BRANAGH AWARD FOR NEW DRAMA WRITING (Your News)

THE 16th WINDSOR FRINGE KENNETH BRANAGH AWARD FOR NEW DRAMA WRITING (Your News)

By Ann Trewartha

From 266 scripts received from 23 countries, 2019’s winner has been announced

A packed audience, waited with bated breath for our chair, Karen Darville, to undo the sealed envelope and announce the winning writer…

We have great pleasure in announcing that 2019’s winner is Suzanne Jeans, with her play An Absence Of.

Suzanne is a first-time writer from Cheshire. The two plays announced as runner-up One, Two, TREE by Adam Colclough, and The Ice Queen by Pete Barrett.

While all three writers told us that the experience of working with a director and seeing their play develop, is the best prize, the cheque for £500 which was presented to Suzanne is not to be scoffed at.

You can read Frank Kaye’s review of all three plays from this year’s Windsor Fringe on the Sardines website. Just search for ‘Windsor Fringe’.

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