From Page to Stage 2014

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The theme for this year's competition was 'Turning the Tables': that moment when something shifts and, for better or worse, everything changes. The hunter becomes the hunted. The weak become the strong. Love turns to betrayal. Good fortune becomes bad luck. Or the other way round...!


And the winners are ...

The judges were blown away by the quality of this year's entries. It is amazing how much can be compressed into one 15 minute play!

It proved difficult to separate the top six entries, so in the end, we decided to divide them into three winners and three highly commended.

The top three were (in no particular order): 'Gunpoint' by William Perkins, of Chillerton, Isle of Wight; 'A Valued Employee' by Sarah Pitard, of London; and 'Venus Retrograde' by Jonathan Skinner, of London. Each wins a cash prize of £50, has their play published by Readymade Theatre, and their play performed on the Isle of Wight on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

The three highly commended were (in no particular order): 'Home Truths' by Emma Brown, of Sandown, Isle of Wight; 'Sway' by Eamonn Dolan, of Dungarvon, Ireland; and 'Brush Strokes' by Edwin Preece, of Pulborough, West Sussex. Each has their play published, and performed on March 21, 2015.


Meet the judges

Eltjo DeVries is a professional actor, storyteller, and director, and he will be directing the winning plays; Joe Redston is managing director of Readymade Publishing, who will publish the winning plays; Kate Slade is an actor who has just completed a course with the National Youth Theatre, and director of our recent play, The Truth Untold; Vic Farrow is managing director and bookings manager of Shanklin Theatre on the Isle of Wight; Kevin Wilson, writer, actor and founder/director of Origins Theatre Company.

See all six plays performed!

All six of the amazing winning plays were performed in the atmospheric setting of The Sail Loft, at The Bargeman's Rest in Newport - a real ale pub next to the quay in the Isle of Wight's main market town.

A special thank you to everyone who entered this year's competition.  The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of the writing, and it was a hard choice to make. Origins Theatre's prime purpose is to bring new work, and new people, to the stage, so please .... KEEP WRITING!