A Different Story of Rochdale Playwriting Competition
Please note this competition has now closed. Read about the winner and his entry.
Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, M6 Theatre Company and Touchstones are working in partnership to launch a new playwriting competition for young people aged 14-25 who live in Rochdale Borough.
We want you to write a short play which tells a different story of Rochdale. Maybe it’s about an overheard conversation on a bus to Middleton, or an interesting character that lives at the end of your road, or a moment from the rich history of the town. We know how Rochdale is often portrayed in the media and we’re looking for something which challenges that.
The winning writer will be mentored by award-winning playwright Nicola Schofield to develop their script into a 30 minute play.
Nicola is a regular contributing writer on DOCTORS for BBC One. Nicola’s first play MAYBE TOMORROW won the Write#2 Playwright competition – a forerunner to the Bruntwood Prize – at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in May 2004 and was performed in the Studio Theatre there in July of the same year, directed by Jo Combes. The play was also nominated for Best New Play at the MEN Theatre Awards 2004.
The winner will have their play performed by professional actors; it will tour for one week to some of Rochdale’s high schools and to venues including M6 Studio Theatre and Touchstones Studio Theatre during the 2018 Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival in October.
How to enter
Writers should submit the first 10 pages of the script and an outline of the rest of the plot (no more than one side of A4). Writers can only submit one script. It must be a Word document formatted with a 12 point font. The play should be interesting and relevant to and suitable for young people in Year 7 and 8.
The play should be suitable to be performed by 2 actors (they can multi-role if it suits the style of your piece, please indicate this clearly in your submission) and have minimal props and set. The play needs to be easy to tour and fit into a school drama studio.
Your name should not appear anywhere on the script as the competition will be judged anonymously but only on the first cover page. A panel of industry professionals and young people will select the winning entry.
Please send submissions by email to Rochdale.Litfest@rochdale.gov.uk with the subject heading: A Different Story of Rochdale Competition.
Closing date for submissions: Friday, 6 July 2018 at 5pm
Winner announced: Thursday, 12 July 2018
First draft: Friday, 10 August 2018
Second draft: Monday, 26 August 2018
Final draft: Friday, 7 September 2018
‘A Different Story of Rochdale’ Competition Terms and Conditions
- 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 short listing stage.
- 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.
- We can only accept ONE entry per person.
- The deadline for entries is 5pm Friday, 6 July 2018. Any entries received after that time will not be read.
- Scripts must be submitted with only the writer’s name on the first sheet, nowhere else on the script as they will be judged anonymously.
- We are 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 audiovisual materials.
- Scripts must be submitted by the writer themselves, not by an agent or any other third party.
- The script must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work.
- The script must be the first 10 pages which can be developed in to a piece which is 30 minutes long in playing time.
- The winning entrant will receive 2 sessions with a professional playwright to redraft their entry.
- The winning entrant agrees to participate in reasonable publicity relating to this competition.
- On completion of the tour, all rights to future productions of the winning entry will remain with the writer.
Danny the champion as his writing talents take centre stage
An aspiring young writer will have his ‘A Different story of Rochdale’ narrative performed on the stage after winning a playwriting competition.
Danny Lamb will now be mentored by playwright Nicola Schofield after impressing judges with his creative writing and gripping storyline.
The award-winning writer will work with Danny to turn his exciting idea into a produced play. It will be performed by professional actors in local schools, theatres and at the Rochdale Literature and Ideas festival.
Danny wowed judges with his writing style that tells a unique story about everyday life in Rochdale.
All 14-25 year olds across the borough had been challenged to pen a positive perspective of everyday life in their local community.
The competition was organised in the partnership between Rochdale Borough Council, M6 Theatre Company and Touchstones Rochdale.
Playwright Nicola Schofield said: “There were some fantastic entries but Danny’s script stood out as a unique take on life in Rochdale, with a gripping narrative and fast paced story. I am looking forward to working with him and helping to transform his work to the stage. The judges were impressed by the standard of all the entries and the recurring themes of community, friendship and overcoming obstacles.”
Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for culture, said: “Many congratulations to Danny on his success. The competition was an excellent idea and I am looking forward to Danny’s writing coming alive on the stage. It’s a great opportunity for a talented young writer to further his career and I can’t wait to see his different story of Rochdale. Well done to everyone involved.”
The runner-up in the tournament was Rochdale resident Radhiya Jabed whose prose and storyline also impressed the judges, with key themes around community and friendship.
Danny’s different story of Rochdale will be showcased at local schools, theatres and at the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, which this year runs from Monday, 15- Monday, 22 October 2018.