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SHSK Playwriting Competition 2018

Many congratulations to Poppy (7K), winner of the SHSK Playwriting Competition 2018 with her play Turn the Tide.

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 Miss Lee and performed next academic year to an audience of parents, peers and teachers. Following a young suffragette, Turn the Tide contains very topical subject matter, with this year being the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. The adjudicator, Mrs Mason, was impressed with the effective dialogue and substantial script, which had evidence of good research.

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

Turn the Tide by Poppy (7K)

Joint 2nd place

Mary’s War by Grace (7L), commended for use of research and effective dialogue

Victims by Elissa (8L), commended for structure and use of ensemble

Joint 3rd place

Promises by Maddie (8L), commended for use of historical and cultural material

Survival in the Stars by Anna (7L), commended for originality

Joint 4th place

Finding Leona by Constance (8L), commended for effective dialogue

Rewriting the Future by Isabella (7L), commended for originality

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

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