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Five Day Play

Back in March we started our Five Day Plays; writers were invited to submit a play they'd written, the only rules being that the play could not exceed 10 pages and it had to match our weekly brief. After ten weeks, over 300 entries and ten winners, the series came to an end. 

A group of professional actors directed by our own Hannah Hogg and Dale Rooks, have recorded some of the winning entries as audio plays for you to enjoy.


Backbone 

By Louis Turner

Secrets, lies, evidence… and Pamela. 

Cast: Henry Pettigrew (Quiz) as A, and Ashley Zhangazha (The Country Wife) as B.


Blue Moon

By David Kinder

Sparks fly when the past catches up with a left wing journalist and a Tory politician at a party conference gala.

Cast: Lucy Briers (Forty Years OnYoung Chekhov) as Anushka, and Keir Charles (Quiz) as Simon.


Rockpool

By Alexander Wiseman

A young man is drawn irresistibly back to the seashore, but a strange encounter leads to a revelation. 

Cast: Adam Buchanan (The Butterfly Lion) as B and Nicola Sloane (Flowers for Mrs HarrisThe Butterfly Lion) as A.


Signs of Life

By Hannah Crouch

Mary Shelley has a horror story to write. As a storm rages, where will inspiration strike?

Cast: Keir Charles (Quiz) as Frankenstein, Olivia Dickens (CFYT’s The Wizard of Oz) as Young Mary, Dickon Gough (The Midnight Gang) as William & Creature, Grace Molony (The Watsons) as Mary, and Ashley Zhangazha (The Country Wife) as Percy.



Winning entries

A big thank you to everyone who entered our Five Day Play series. You can read all 10 of the winning entries below.

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

Week Ten


Week Ten

It's the final week of the Five Day Play, but we hope you'll keep writing! For this week you're all alone - we'd like you to write a one-person play.

Submit by 6pm on Thursday 28 May.

Week Nine

Pick one of the following objects to include in your play: shoebox, dictionary, wallet, screwdriver. How it makes an appearance is up to you!

Submit by 6pm on Friday 22 May.

Week Eight

“…and then I woke up” is a classic ending to many stories, but how and where do you place this in your short play?

Submit by 6pm on Friday 15 May.

Week Seven

Two characters, A and B, are happy enough until C comes along and changes everything. It's up to you to fill in the blanks!

Submit by 6pm on Friday 8 May.

Week Six

We're feeling musical this week! Pick one of these 4 songs as your inspiration:

·        Landslide, Fleetwood Mac

·        Gone, Lianne La Havas

·        Here Comes The Sun, The Beatles

·        Siegfried, Frank Ocean

Submit by 6pm on Friday 1 May.

Week Five

It's Shakespeare's birthday week! We're fusing the past and future this week and asking you to reimagine a Shakespearean story for 2064 - 500 years since his birth. Which story will you choose?

Submit by 6pm on Friday 24 April.

Week Four

'Dancing in the moonlight' is your starting point. Take it as you will, it could be romance, intrigue or anything in between!

Submit by 6pm on Friday 17 April.

Week Three

One of your characters must be a historical figure. They could be well known, or someone who's story's been forgotten over time. The rest is up to you - fact or fiction?

Submit by 6pm on Friday 10 April.

Week Two

Choose your favourite space in the entire world. It could be the beach, a family holiday home, or it could be completely made up and imaginary… maybe in a hot air balloon? This is where this week’s play is set. 

Submit by 6pm on Friday 3 April.

Week One

We're keeping it simple to start off! There can only be 2 characters, A and B, and B has a secret to tell A. Whether we find the secret out or not is up to you... we all love a cliff-hanger.

Submit by 6pm on Friday 27 March.