Segora one-act play competition 2019
Deadline June 15th and results early August

First prize £150 Second £50 or equivalent in Euro.
Presentation event will include a rehearsed reading of the winning entry.

Judge: Alan Dunnett


Photograph by Kay Hashimoto

Alan worked widely as a theatre director before becoming Acting Tutor at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. He went on to be a Course Leader at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; and at Drama Centre, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, where he still teaches on the MA Screen courses. Regional productions included Gaslight (Nottingham Theatre Royal) and Entertaining Mr Sloane (starring Gary Oldman at Chesterfield). He also worked at Worthing, Bath, Bromley, Theatr Clwyd, Leatherhead, Leicester Haymarket, Derby Playhouse (script-reader), Harrogate Studio (Wooden Indian Theatre Company); and Dundee Rep and Buxton (Community Productions).

He has written several plays for small companies, notably Wooden Indian. He is also an experienced deviser, and has continued such work in drama schools. His poetry collection, A Third Colour, with an Introduction by Bernard O’Donoghue and illustrations by Alix Emery, was published by Culture Matters in 2018.

Shakespeare's plays weren't written to be published, but to be performed – the word made flesh. I'll be reading entries aloud in a search for something which is not so much a literary triumph as something which could work on stage, something doable. And I respond well to work which tells a story and has interactive quality. Looking forward!


Play guidelines and payments

The winners of the 2018 one-act play competition chosen by Gordon Simms

FIRST The Other Cat:  Oliver Eade, Melrose, Roxburghshire
Oliver Eade is a Scottish doctor who is seven times winner of the annual Wilfred Hopkins Best Short Story Challenge. He has written over a hundred short stories, published as Lost Whispers & other stories, and in 2018 (2018) Walls of Words. He was awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ status in 2010 by the Society of Civil and Public Service Writers.

For young readers: Moon Rabbi, a winner of the WAAYB 207 New Novel Competition
Monkey King’s Revenge, children’s category finalist for The People’s Book Prize.
The Rainbow Animal;  Northwards
For young adults: From Beast to God (trilogy);The Kelpie’s Eyes (winner 2018 Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Young Adult Novel Award; The Terminus,
For adults: A Single Petal, winner 2012 Local Legend Spiritual Writing Competition.
The Parth Path (2018),

Oliver has written twelve plays: The Gap was staged in Scotland in 2012. He gives talks on writing and drama, as well as on photography. Website:
SECOND Gloop:  Fiona Fraser, La Souterraine, France