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Winners in the first Westminster University Playwriting Competition announced

English 12 April 2017

Actors perform Lydia Thompson's play, Collide

The first Playwriting Competition organised by the University of Westminster was open to current students and alumni from the Creative Writing courses. 

Lydia Thomson, who graduated from the Creative Writing and English Literature BA Honours won first place, receiving a £500 cheque and seeing her entry 'Collide' performed by professional actors at the University.

The comedic play revolves around the encounter between a particle physicist and a musician and traces their relationship which later grows into a moving love story, asking important questions about human beings' place in the cosmos.

The two runners up were Mitch Sanderson, former student on the Creative Writing with English Literature BA Honours and Sophie Bowles, currently studying on the Creative Writing: Writing the City MA course, who both received a cheque for £150.

Speaking about of the process of selecting the winners, Helen Eastman, a member of the Judging panel said: “It was a privilege to read such a range of work, by so many gifted Westminster students and alumni. I was struck by the diversity of theatrical styles and the engagement with the wider world that so many of the scripts exemplified.

“It was, as always, incredibly hard to choose winners, but Lydia Thomson's script stood out for its wit, humanity and fine craftsmanship. I look forward to mentoring her, and seeing how she develops as a playwright and the many extraordinary plays she will go on to write.

After such a successful inaugural Westminster playwriting competition, I hope to see the competition run annually, providing both a platform and ongoing industry support to emerging Westminster writers.”

The competition was organised by Matthew Morrison, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

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