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SHSK Playwriting Competition 2017

Many congratulations to Rose Buckley (Year 7), winner of the SHSK Playwriting Competition 2017 with her play Cause and Effects!

The annual competition is open to all in Year 7-9 and pupils are encouraged to submit an extract of no more than 2000 words for adjudication. The winner then develops their extract over the summer holiday to create a 30 minute piece, which will be directed by Mrs Pullen-Campbell and performed next academic year to an audience of parents, peers and teachers. The adjudicator, Mrs Mason, was impressed with the maturity of Rose's writing, particularly the way she developed the play's characters with informed and natural dialogue, as well as focused monologues.

The winning entry was announced at a meeting where each of the entrants met Mrs Mason, who was a teacher of English and Drama at St Helen and St Katharine for over 10 years. Mrs Mason began by giving detailed advice and thorough written feedback to each of the entrants, before awarding the prizes:

1st place: Cause and Effects by Rose Buckley (Year 7)

2nd place: Soldiers in Petticoats by Alice Thorley and Ruth Tyson (Year 8)

Joint 3rd place: Unconventional by Hannah Whiting (Year 8) and Look Again by Lucy Prendergast (Year 7)

Mrs Mason confessed she had a very difficult job of choosing a winner this year, as each extract had the potential to be developed into an excellent lunchtime play. Each girl left with the encouragement to 'keep writing' ringing in their ears.

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