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December 3 2020, News Original Playwriting
by Brenda Shrewsbury

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 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 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 years short list of plays that we hope local Drama Societies will consider producing for entry to the Somerset County Drama Festival that is tentatively being planned for May 2021.

The short-listed plays 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, and can be found on the SFD websiteThe scripts may be read but not 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

It is very much hoped the winner of the original one Act playwriting competition will be announced at the County Drama Festival in May 2021.