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Original Playwriting Competition

The 2020 Short List is published!

The strange time we are living in has produced a bumper crop of entries for this year's competition. In March, at the opening of the competition, I had speculated that we would have a raft of dystopian scripts. In fact the entries were a varied selection, covering not only living through the pandemic but issues of mental health, love and loss, the telling of lies, a journey to the afterlife, plus both Shakespeare's and Dicken's characters making appearances. The reading panel had lots to read , enjoy and consider, and after our usual debate we have produced this year's short list of plays that we hope local Drama Societies will consider producing for entry in the Somerset County Drama Festival that is tentatively being planned for 1st/2nd May 2021.


The five short-listed plays, in no particular order, are:-

Soul Mates
By Lydia Brimble.
A couple literally drawn together by/during the pandemic, and reflecting on life and loneliness.  

Green Gym
By Nicola Dawson.
An energetic cast needed for this entertaining and amusing tale of failed relationships and new beginnings.

The Deprivation of Liberty
By David Emery.
Light-touch play looking at the stresses and strains for those with mental health issues and those charged with supporting and enabling.

Tangled Web
By Simon Hurst.
A tale that, as the title suggests, plots the disaster that takes place when a small lie is uttered as a short term fix!

Hear the Dreamy Air
By Neil Walden
A delightful period play for two characters, exploring the difficulties of artistic collaboration. 


Hopefully the short-list will encourage prospective directors and societies to read the full plays which are made available in pdf format by kind permission of the playwriters - just click on the title of the play in order to download it.

The scripts may not be used for performance without the express permission of the author. In the first instance, if you are considering producing a script for entry in the County Drama Festival next year, please contact the One Act Playwriting competition co-ordinator, Brenda Shrewsbury via 




Brenda Shrewsbury