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New Writing (Your News)

The Stables Theatre based in Hastings, East Sussex, has launched a brand-new writing competition, specifically for the stage. The four winners of this competition are about to see their plays performed at the theatre during April.

The four winners are David Charles Manners (The Queen of Madagascar), Deborah Clair (The Other Man), John Berry (Happenings), and Ben Randall (Whiskey and Soda).

14-15 April – 7.30pm
David Charles Manners
The true story of a remarkable Edwardian scandal, exposing how the human need for hope can convince us to hold to radical beliefs, even when they defy common sense and scientific fact. The comedy is based entirely on original letters, court transcripts, newspaper reports and family stories.


17-18 April – 7.30pm
Deborah Clair

The Royal Hotel, Antibes, 1985.
The most revered novelist of the 20th Century is promoting his latest book, set in World War ll and widely rumoured to be his last. This is an important assignment and Marie is nervous. ls there more at stake than the interview of her life? Will she have the courage to ask the right questions?
A complex web of assassination, unimaginable bravery and existential crisis.

21-22 April – 7.30pm
John Berry
ln these tough times, life’s a struggle. There are unfulfilled expectations. Humdrum existences needing an injection of life. Millions wishing something would happen to them, to fill the void in their lives.
Clearly everyone ‘else’ is happy. Online celebrations and holiday pics prove it. Jane can’t take it anymore. She needs that something, anything! But how far is she willing to go to get it?

24-25 April – 7.30pm
Ben Randall
17 December 1979. Margaret Thatcher is visiting Washington D.C. Whilst preparing for her first speech at the White House, she invites a guest for drinks. John Lennon. Thatcher has a deal for John that could change the course of his life.
With her typical wit she tries to persuade him to accept her offer. Their fears of the past and dreams of the future come to the surface. lt is these powerful beliefs and the force of their personalities that lead to a dramatic and explosive finale.

Audiences are able to see all four plays performed for the price of three, giving a 25% discount, when booked at the same time.

The Stables Theatre and Arts Centre, The Bourne, Hastings, E. Sussex TN34 3BD.
Tel: 01424 423221 |