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Suffolk Young People's Theatre calls for young playwrights to enter new competition

Young playwrights could see their work performed thanks to a new competition.

Suffolk Young People's Theatre (SYPT) is holding its first playwriting competition to give writers, directors and actors the chance to explore their creativity.

Nigel Turner, chairman of trustees for SYPT, said: "The aim of the challenge is to allow young people the opportunity to explore the issue of the climate crisis through the arts and to have the opportunity to see their own work performed."

Ryan DentonMaddie Coombs Georgie Luppi (18110675)
Ryan DentonMaddie Coombs Georgie Luppi (18110675)

The judges include playwright Danusia Iwaszko, known for Theatre Royal productions A Labour of Love and The Wisdom Club; professional actor-musician Lynn Whitehead, who has been involved in writing projects including the development of Ipswich’s Pulse Festival; and RADA-trained actor and director Tim Welton.

The competition was launched at Cavendish Hall, in Thurston, with a writing workshop.

The theme is 'our world in crisis: the environment', with writers aged 14-16, 17-20 and 21-25 invited to write scripts of 30 minutes or less, involving no more than five actors.

Winners in each category will be rehearsed and performed in a studio setting next Easter, with cast members drawn from SYPT.

The competition closes on January 31. For more information and to enter, go to www.sypt.website