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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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All of our competitions for 14-25 year olds are currently closed. To stay up to date with the latest information and to hear about competitions and offers first, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, or join our mailing list.


Generation Z – young producers wanted

A series of festival shows for 14 to 25-year-olds.

Are you interested in the arts, live shows and performances? Would you like to get more involved and have your voice heard?

Right now we’re on the lookout for young people aged 16 to 25 to take part in a pioneering scheme that will see you attend a wide range of shows and other events, enabling them to influence which guests are invited to appear at this very festival in 2019. How about that?

Our Generation Z team is working with a producer from Manchester’s renowned Contact Theatre, and will select 3 young people to work with over the coming months. They’ll receive support and expert guidance whilst experiencing shows and workshops before learning about how they’re put together. We’ll listen to the young producer’s views and opinions and use these to influence production decisions at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival 2019.

Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture said:

“We’ve loads of talent in our borough and this really is a great chance to be amongst the first to take part in an exciting new scheme, which will help young people bring their ideas to reality in 2019.”

The Unmasked Zine

So what do you see? To prove we’re not all ‘juvenile delinquent wrecks’ we bring you tales from precarious times. We’re digital natives afloat in an ocean of technology. We are not enough and too much. We are unmasked. So venture outside your comfort zone. Read, absorb, engage, pass it on.

Read Unmasked – a zine from Rochdale (external link)

A Different Story of Rochdale Playwriting Competition: Tales from the Town Hall

Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, M6 Theatre Company and Touchstones are proud to launch the 2nd year of our playwriting competition for young people aged 14-25 who live in Rochdale borough.

Rochdale Town Hall is being redeveloped, and using the iconic town hall as your inspiration, we want you to write a short play inspired by the idea of telling a different story of Rochdale. It can be a fairy tale, historical drama, a character study – whatever inspires you. The piece will be performed within the town hall itself, so please take this into account when writing your play.

The winner will have their play performed by professional actors in the town hall’s council chamber. It will be performed at least twice during the 2019 Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival in October 2019.

Once the results of the competition have been announced, the winning writer will be mentored by award-winning playwright Nicola Schofield. Together, they will develop the script into a 30 minute play.

Nicola is a writer for theatre and TV. She’s had work staged at the Royal Exchange, the Lowry, the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, Paines Plough Roundabout and King’s Head Theatre in London amongst others. She’s written for the BBC’s Doctors and was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award for her work. She is the co-founder of Highlight Collective with producer Grace Ng Ralph.

How to enter

Writers can only submit one script.

  1. The first page of your script should be a cover page containing only your name. Your name must not appear anywhere else in the document as the competition will be judged anonymously.
  2. You must submit the first 10 pages of your script, then outline the rest of the plot on an additional page, no longer than one side of A4.
  3. Your script can only be submitted in a Word document format, with your font set to size 12.
  4. The play should be suitable for 2 actors to perform. Actors can play multiple roles if it suits the style of your piece, but this needs to be made clear in your submission.
  5. As the play will be performed at Rochdale Town Hall, your set and props should be as minimal as possible.
  6. Please send submissions by email to Rochdale.Litfest@rochdale.gov.uk with the subject heading: Tales from the Town Hall.

Closing date for submissions: Monday, 5 August 2019 at 5pm

Winner announced: Friday, 9 August 2019

First draft to be completed by: Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Second draft to be completed by: Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Final draft: Monday, 7 October 2019

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Competition terms and conditions

  1. The competition is open to anyone aged 14 – 25 at the competition closing date. Writers may be asked to submit a copy of their photographic ID at the shortlisting stage.
  2. Entrants must be resident in one of the 4 Rochdale townships. (Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale and Pennines). Writers may be asked to produce proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill.
  3. We can only accept one entry per person.
  4. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday, 5 August 2019. Any entries received after that time will not be accepted.
  5. Scripts must be submitted with only the writer’s name on the first sheet. The name must not appear elsewhere on the script as the script will be judged anonymously.
  6. We’re only able to accept entries by email. No paper entries will be considered. Please do not submit any supporting materials including CDs, photographs, reviews or any audio visual materials.
  7. Scripts must be submitted by the writer themselves, not by an agent or any other third party.
  8. The script must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work.
  9. The script must be the first 10 pages which can be developed into a piece which is 30 minutes long in playing time.
  10. The winning entrant will receive 2 sessions with a professional playwright to redraft their entry.
  11. The winning entrant agrees to participate in publicity relating to this competition.
  12. On completion of the tour, all rights to future productions of the winning entry will remain with the writer.