2016’s Showcase Award Winner, Gerry Moynihan, tells us why you should go ahead and enter this year’s new writing competition. You too, could be having your work developed and produced at a London theatre!
Deadline: 30th December.
Info on the scheme and how to submit, here.
“I submitted a short piece called “CAILLEACH ÓG” to the showcase largely on a whim. At the time I had no idea who the central character was; what the play was about or why I even wrote it! I only had a vague idea that I wanted “to write something for the stage”. But winning the showcase award soon provided me with the incentive to grapple with the central enigmatic figure who seemed to have come from nowhere.
Blackshaw certainly created a momentum as they immediately set about planning a full production of the play for March 2017. This certainly focuses you and is a valuable yet risky leap of faith in the writer; just what most aspiring writers need in fact. But luckily Blackshaw are a writer-centred organisation who are friendly, supportive, approachable, enthusiastic and proactive in their endeavour to get things done.
If you win the showcase award your play will be produced. I recommend that you get in there and very quickly you will move from being “someone with an idea for a play” to being a writer with a deadline working towards a full production of your work. And what writer doesn’t want that?”
– Gerry Moynihan