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March 21 2016, News Original Plawriting
Coordinator Pam Hilleir presents Les Clarke with the award for the Original Playwriting Competition

Coordinator Pam Hilleir presents Les Clarke with the award for the Original Playwriting Competition

Les Clark has won the 2105 Original Playwriting Competition with his play Tommo and Me. In the play Matt has been looking after Tommo since his parents were involved in a serious car crash. Tommo’s father died in the crash and the subsequent shock of losing her husband, trying to cope with Tommo on her own whilst recovering from her own injuries, caused Tommo’s mother to have a breakdown and she is currently receiving help at a psychiatric hospital. Matt has known Tommo all his life and Tommo moved into his flat with him after the accident. Matt cares for him and has devised routines to help Tommo get through the days and nights.

Clark’s play was performed as a rehearsed reading at this year’s County Drama Festival in Somerton with the parts read by Philip de Glanville, Dean Harris and Pam Hillier. It was a thought-provoking piece that hopefully will benefit soon from a fully-fledged performance.

At the conclusion of the Festival, the Original Playwriting Awards were presented by competition coordinator Pam Hillier.

There was one Highly Commended play: Sam Allen’s A Flare for Business.

There were four Commended entries: Cyborg with Rosie by Antony Bray; Gruffy Ground by Don Harrison; The Dragon, The Witch and The Suitcase by Lydia Brimble; and We Totally Worship Felix Bell! by Karen Gunning.

Pam Hillier also announced the launch of the 2016 competition, which opens for entries on 1st April 2016. This year a new category is being introduced: Young Author (under 25). Pam Hopes this new initiative will prove an inspiration for our many youth groups and schools. Information will be available on the SFD website.