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The Bursledon Players One Act Play Competition

There were 53 entries for this competition. All of them were read. All of them were interesting plays, though many of them were underdeveloped, and just a very few did not meet the original criteria.

We made a short-list of six plays and re-read those six. The judges were Gill James, a member of the Players who is professional writer and Sean Tyler, a local professional playwright, who also used to be a very active member of the Bursledon Players. You can learn about Sean’s work by visiting his web site

Even though we have found two publishable plays, we felt there was not enough time to get anything ready for the Totton Drama Festival this year. One of the joint first-place winners needs some editing and the other, though production-ready, has a slightly clichéd plot, but might make a good second entry for the festival another year.

We would certainly like to publish the two winning entries, but one will need some more editorial work first, and a volume of three one act plays will be produced once we have a third to go with them.

A third play, by our own Steve Humphreys, is also rather good and could be published, but does not sit comfortably with the other two. It would be good to have two more similar plays to that to go into a volume which can be marketed to other groups.

We would certainly like to read these three plays in the future.

The winners

Joint winners are:


Playing God by Doreen Gray, Birmingham


Playing Away by Paul Athorne, Rotherham


The other short-listed entries are:


Finding God in the Kitchen by Les Clarke, Bournemouth


No One Ever Listens by Les Clarke, Bournemouth


And the Winner Is... by Stephen Humphreys, Southampton


Fancy That by Brian Miller, Coleford

Well done to all six finalists.

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