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Original Playwriting Competition

The SFD has once again been running their annual Original Playwriting Competition for one-act plays. Entries were invited from authors living anywhere in the South-west of England. We received five one-act scripts for the Original Playwriting Competition 2018.
The reader panel has now reviewed all the scripts and this year there is an outright winner! The author of the winning script will be awarded a cash prize of £100 and a silver trophy; at the County Drama Festival in March 2019. A list of previous winners can be viewed here.

There is now a real opportunity for a group to take on this script for performance in the County Drama Festival. No royalties are payable for the festival performance and the SFD will offer £100 towards expenses of mounting the production. Please give this some serious thought ~ productions of original scripts have done very well at the County Drama Festival and in the past, productions of original scripts have won through to the English semi-final of the All-England Theatre Festival.
Original scripts that are performed as part of the All-England Theatre Festival (of which the County Drama Festival is a Round 1), also qualify for entry into the national competition for the Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy.

A synopsis of the winning script is shown below and a pdf is provided for download by kind permission of the author. The script may be read but not used for performance without the express permission of the author. In the first instance, if you are considering producing this script for entry in the County Drama Festival next year, please contact the OPC co-ordinator, Pam Hillier by email ( ).


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The Flag
by Neil Walden

Cast: 2F + 1M 

Setting: The head teacher's office

In the 1930s, a teacher visits the head teacher in the hope of curtailing the celebrations surrounding the prospective visit to the school of a high profile parent. An argument escalates as to whether the flag should be flown above the school in honour of their visitor. They become more entrenched in their views and their friendship becomes strained. The situation is finally resolved by the pragmatic approach of the caretaker.

The play has an awareness of the current debate surrounding international visits by unpopular Heads of State.

Estimated Running Time: 25 minutes

 Click here to read the play in pdf format