Segora one-act play competition 2018
 

Gordon Simms has now chosen the one-act play competition winners
Our thanks to Gordon and to all who entered.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS

FIRST The Other Cat:  Oliver Eade, Melrose, Roxburghshire
SECOND Gloop:  Fiona Fraser, La Souterraine, France


First prize: £100; Second prize: £50 or equivalent €

Gordon Simms comments:

It has been such a pleasure to read this year’s entries, including as they did a wide range of themes and styles. Radio and television plays as well as some that would lend themselves to film came in alongside stage plays to make an intriguing mix.

I was struck by the quality of dialogue in many entries. If substance was a little short in some examples, at least the dialogue was entertaining and convincing.

Four very different pieces made up the short-list. Previous winner Doc Watson offers a typically energetic, even frenetic, tussle between two self-important musicians, where it transpires the third member of the trio is the real villain. Anthony Powers’ play begins with exciting action which leads to a definite result, then leaves us with a delicate situation hanging over two friends – a situation which may be resolved in the future. What is unsaid between them creates a poignant finale.

Two plays presented me with a dilemma: totally different, one from another, yet having enough in common to demonstrate just how varied and versatile the craft of play-writing may be. I was torn between Oliver Eade’s fascinating exploration of quantam physics and Fiona Fraser’s treatment of contemporary issues in an historical setting. Both plays deal with time in unusual ways, both have a crime (or supposed crime) at their heart and both involve flights of fancy. But there the similarities end. Oliver Eade has written quick-firing dialogue in a fast-moving scenario, though whether we are invited to move forwards or backwards is not at first easy to know. Fiona Fraser uses a much more relaxed and seamless conversational style which includes, particularly as it is written for sound production, more observational narrative. However, her play for voices could be staged without difficulty. What a double-bill the pair of them would make – humour, intrigue and plenty to stir the imagination.

So close was my decision that I felt I could not ‘abandon’ either, so rather than share first prize I have introduced a second. This addition also reflects the largest number of entries yet received in this section of our competitions.
Once again the judging experience has been informative and uplifting, and I thank again all those who entered to make it so.

Segora Presentation Day Saturday 8th September Le Jardin de Cloitre St Andre –sur-Sevre 79380 SW, France
and will include a rehearsed reading of the winning entry.

40€ for the workshop and lunch. Places limited: please book early via Gordon Simms simms.gordon@orange.fr (euro cheque or PayPal) or click the Paypal button below

The short list of potential winning entries was

Feeding on a Man’s Wounds:  Anthony Powers, Hawarden, Flintshire The Other Cat:  Oliver Eade, Melrose, Roxburghshire
Gloop:  Fiona Fraser, La Souterraine, France Let’s Make Sweet Music Together:  Doc Watson, Bath

The long list of potential winning entries was

Agathe:  Angela Davis, Los Angeles, USA The Other Cat:  Oliver Eade, Melrose, Roxburghshire
Gloop:  Fiona Fraser, La Souterraine, France Time for Reflection:  John Glander, Wickford, Essex
Welcome to Meadowland:  Timothy Toepel, Sobieski, USA Let’s Make Sweet Music Together:  Doc Watson, Bath
Transgress:  Alan Olejniczak, San Francisco, USA Feeding on a Man’s Wounds:  Anthony Powers, Hawarden, Flintshire