Pembrokeshire-based Pint-sized Plays has announced the winners of this year’s short play writing competition.
Now in its seventh year, the competition attracts entries from all over the world for the increasingly popular 5-10 minute play format. This year the entries topped the 300 mark – a record year.
Pint-sized Plays Organiser, Derek Webb, said: “The competition just seems to get better and better each year. It’s great that so many writers are encouraged to try out the short play format and the geographical spread is amazing. We had entries from Australia, New Zealand, Finland and the USA, as well as the UK – and two of the finalists are from the US too so we’re truly international now!”
There are six winning plays and four runners up. They winners will be performed in six pubs in Tenby during Tenby Arts Festival week in September and all ten plays will ten go on to be performed at Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard on October 4 when the audience will vote for their overall favourite script.
The plays will also be considered for publication in the next volume of Pint-sized Plays. Two volumes have already been published with 20 plays in each which has resulted in the authors having many of the plays performed by theatre companies all around the UK, in New Zealand and even Helsinki.
The six winning scripts for 2014 are: ‘Mr Robertson’s Blood Test’ by Lou Treleaven from Luton, ‘Ruby and Pearl’ by Jaye Swift from Llantwit Major, ‘T'annoy’ by Rob Taylor, ‘The Sweet Smell of Lemon’ by Simon Birkbeck, ‘The Weatherman’ by Giles Cole - all three writers from London, and Vent by Gavin Harrison from Northampton.
The four runners up are ‘Sorry’ by Emma Pitt from London, ‘Will's Dramaturg’ by Rich Rubin from Oregon, USA, ‘Multitasking’ by Christian Simonsen from San Francisco and ‘Rachel Says’ by Brian Coyle from Bradford on Avon. More details on the website: pintsizedplays.org.uk