Winners announced for Trinity College London’s International Playwriting Competition

Trinity College London’s International Playwriting Competition 2013–14 has shown its true international scope this year, with the top prizes being awarded to playwrights from Australia and Austria.

John Gardyne, head of drama and performance at Trinity, said: ‘This year’s competition saw entries come in from 25 countries around the world – more than ever before – and once again, the standard of writing simply blew us away.’

Australian Sally Hardy was awarded first prize in the category Plays for Teenage Audiences for Gone Viral – which sees a 17-year-old girl coming to terms with the impending death of her father. Hardy said of the news that she’d won: ‘I had to read the email notifying me of the award about five times, before I felt sure enough it was true to even tell my husband. I couldn’t believe it! This means the world to me, as it gives me confidence to continue pursuing my dreams. I couldn’t be happier!’

Virtual Enchantment, written by William Siegfried from Austria, was chosen as the winner of the Plays for Young Performers category. The play has been described as ‘a fairy tale for the internet age’, which follows a group of young people using virtual reality gear to rescue a friend from addiction to an online game. Siegfried said: ‘I am, of course, ecstatic about being one of the winners of the Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition as it means my script will develop a lot through the collaborative efforts of those who will bring it to life on stage.’

As well as Hardy and Seigfried coming away with a £1,000 cash prize and having their work published in a collection of plays, they will both be flown to London in May to see the premiere performances of their plays at Trinity’s International Festival of Playwriting and Performance which will be held at the St James Theatre.

The 2014 International Festival of Playwriting and Performance takes place from 7 to 10 May. For more details, visit www.trinitycollege.co.uk/festival.

Trinity announces details for fourth International Playwriting Competition

Winner from 2012, Christina Maiden presented award by David Wood

Christina Maiden, competition winner from 2012, presented with an award by David Wood

Trinity College London has announced details for its fourth International Playwriting Competition. The competition is open to writers of all ages and abilities; entries can be submitted from 9 September until 13 December 2013. There are two categories: Plays for Young Performers, one-act plays which are suitable for performers aged 11 and under; and Plays for Teenage Audiences, one-act plays suitable for ages 12-16.

The winning playwrights of both categories will receive £1000 and see their plays performed in London in May 2014 as part of Trinity’s second International Festival of Playwriting and Performance. Runners up will be awarded £500, and up to six promising young playwrights aged 15 and under will receive a prize of £100. The winners, as well as all the competition’s runners up, will have their plays published in a collection by Trinity.

Head of drama and performance at Trinity College London, John Gardyne, said: ‘Over the last three years, the standard of entries has just kept getting better, so much so that we are taking last year’s winning play in the category Plays for Teenage Audiences, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.’

The 2012 winner of the Plays for Teenage Audiences category, Mariama Ives-Moiba, said that the competition, ‘boosted my confidence and fuelled my ambition to pursue a career in writing.’

To download the application form and to find out more, visit www.trinitycollege.co.uk/playwriting.

Artsmark announce successful applicants to relaunched scheme

Arts Council England (ACE) have announced the first round of successful schools and educational establishments to receive Artsmark status since it’s relaunch in September 2011. There were over 1500 successful applications made to the ACE programme.

The announcement comes as the manager behind Arts Award, Trinity College London, has confirmed that they will act as the national provider for Artsmark scheme. By linking the two programmes, it is hoped by the ACE that it, ‘will result in a more joined up approach to delivering cultural education for children and young people, both in and out of school.’

The Artsmark programme, which runs throughout England, has expanded to incorporate more educational facilities including further education colleges, pupil referral units and youth justice settings. Artsmark have also changed their awarding system, now offering two distinctions – ‘Artsmark’ status and ‘Artsmark Gold’ status.

ACE chief executive Alan Davey said: ‘The Arts Council has a long history of involvement in arts education and it’s great to see schemes like Artsmark becoming an integral part of more and more school curriculums.’

‘We took some time last year to review Artsmark and listen to what schools and our other partners had to say about the programme and how we can improve it. The high number of applications from schools and other educational settings clearly illustrates how well received these changes were. This relaunched Artsmark programme will play a significant role in achieving our ambition of every young person in the country experiencing what the arts have to offer.’

For more information visit www.artsmark.org.uk