Daniel Owen Writing Competition Launch

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This competition has been part of the Daniel Owen Festival for many years and in that time some amazingly talented young writers have had their work performed at the Festival.

The next Theatr Clwyd Young Writers Competition for 14 – 30 year olds has been moved to 2021 with an entry deadline of 22 February 2021.

Send in your writing pieces to us at Theatr Clwyd. They should be short scripts and/or concept (No more than 6 pages long) with a idea of what this piece would be if it was developed. This opportunity is about seeing potential, a fresh idea and we want to hear hidden stories from new writers.

We invite you to send in your entries to alice.evans@theatrclwyd.com

The shortlisting for the winning concept for a script, concept or creative writing piece will take place during February. The three winning entries will be announced on 19 March.

The winners will be commissioned and paid a fee of £200 and supported over 3 months to prepare, develop and edit into a 10 minute piece to be performed by professional actors at Theatr Clwyd in the Daniel Owen Festival in October 2021. This opportunity is about seeing your work in a scratch night celebration at the theatre and/or on a digital platform. We want to give a professional platform to new work and give emerging writers an opportunity to be nurtured through this process.

The winners will be supported by the following writers:

Emyr John

Emyr has worked in theatre for thirty years. He was originally an actor specialising in young people’s work with companies such as Theatr Iolo, HighJinx Theatre, Gwent Theatre and Theatre West Glamorgan. He has been working in Theatr Clwyd for the past 15 years, at first as their Outreach Worker, but now as a Creative Engagement Associate. As part of his work at the theatre, he is a workshop facilitator and tutor, and he also writes and directs for the schools and community programmes.

Mari Izzard

Mari is an Actor/Writer from Bridgend who trained as at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Mari’s writing journey began back in 2018, when she was selected as one of Paines Plough & Theatr Clwyd’s Writers in Residence.

Mari is the winner of the inaugural Violet Burns Award for Welsh Language Female Playwright. Her debut bi-lingual play HELA received critical acclaim, one-third of the "Violence Season” that won Best Transfer in the London Pub Theatre Awards 2020 and she was nominated for Best Writer at The Stage Debut Awards 2020.

Mari is currently studying for a MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama whilst developing other projects.