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Entries wanted for People's Play award

IT HAS produced some winners who have gone on to shine at the Edinburgh Festival and even to write for George Clooney.

Peter Straughan

IT HAS produced some winners who have gone on to shine at the Edinburgh Festival and even to write for George Clooney.

And now it could be your turn to enjoy the spotlight with the launch of the 2010 People’s Play Award.

The annual competition, run and funded by New Writing North and the People’s Theatre Company, aims to discover and develop new writers for theatre and is open to anyone who has not had work professionally produced on stage.

Past winners – such as Alison Carr, Carina Rodney and Peter Straughan – have gone on to forge professional writing careers with enormous success.

Carr, from Newcastle, who was nominated in The Journal’s Culture Awards for Newcomer of the Year back in 2006, has now written numerous plays – including comedies Mam, Dad, Monkey And Me and My Mam Was An Ice-Cream Blonde – and has won awards and acclaim on the Edinburgh Fringe.

Straughan, from Gateshead, wrote the screenplay for the recent George Clooney movie, The Men Who Stare at Goats. The writer had already been included by influential American entertainment magazine Variety in its list of 10 Screenwriters to Watch.

The deadline for entries is March 25 and the winner will receive a £2,000 prize and see his or her play produced in November at People’s Theatre in Newcastle. The winning play will run for one week.

The People’s Play Award is open to writers who live and work within the Arts Council England, North East region which covers Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Tees Valley and County Durham. They must be permanently resident and have lived here for at least a year.

Writers may enter only one script for the award which must be for a new play which has not been professionally produced.

Visit www.newwritingnorth.com  and see ‘awards’ for full details on how to apply.

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