We are delighted to announce the winner of Long Play 2014, our new full-length playwriting competition for East Midlands based writers. This year's winning play is Unforgettable by Tim Elgood. A Derbyshire based writer, Tim's first play A Stone's Throw from Edward, was performed at Buxton International Arts Festival and won the Granada Foundation Award. He has written extensively for youth and community theatre groups at Derby Playhouse and has also had several plays performed at various venues across the East Midlands, including The Pros, The Cons and A Screw (Derby Theatre) and Mother Came Too (Derby LIVE).
Unforgettable is about the unique relationship of a brother and sister, Jed and Rosie, as they face life's major challenges together. Moving in and out of different time frames, the play explores memory, change and loss in a rich and inventive way.
Winning playwright Tim Elgood was delighted when he received the news:
Receiving the news I had won the Long Play competition is a moment I will long remember - which is pretty appropriate given the subject matter of the play (memory). Big thanks to New Perspectives and all concerned with the judging.
New Perspectives' Artistic Director Jack McNamara said:
When I read Unforgettable I could immediately see it on the stages we tour to. Beautifully written, funny, extremely moving and, like all important work, a great challenge to direct. I always look for plays with a strong identity, but that also offer directors, actors and creatives seemingly infinite possibilities for staging.
We are now looking to develop the play with an aim to tour it in Spring 2015.
The two runners up are Ollie Smith's The Man Upstairs and Blue Moon by Mufaro Makubika - both Nottingham-based writers.
Jack McNamara was impressed by the exciting range of work that was submitted to the competition:
We received a lot of submissions and read some extremely original, high quality work. It's heartening to know that there are so many distinctive voices writing plays in the region.
Rehearsed readings of all three will take place as part of neat14, a nine day festival celebrating the very best theatre and art from across Europe and the city, on Tuesday 27 May in the Neville Studio at Nottingham Playhouse. The Man Upstairs and Blue Moon will be read at 4pm and Unforgettable will be read at 7pm. Both readings are free, but it is advisable to book in advance. For more information or to book tickets contact Nottingham Playhouse Box Office on 0115 941 9419 or visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk
neat14 - neat14 is Nottingham's world class arts festival, celebrating the very best dance, music, film, theatre and art from across Europe and the city. There are 9 days of incredible performances, premieres and pop-ups taking place in major arts venues and unexpected places around Nottingham. For more information visit: http://www.neatfestival.co.uk/