Calling all Writers and Dramatists ( Published: 26/06/2020)

At a time when we are all missing out on the magic of the theatre, The One Show, along with The Shakespeare North Playhouse, is launching an exciting play-writing competition for young people.

The competition is open to all children and young people between 7 and 16 years old, from the categories submitted, three finalists from each of the categories will be announced on the BBC One Show leading to the opportunity to develop your ideas with professionals and write your final play. Category one and two are open to Whalley Range 11-18 High School students. Act 2 – 11-13 year olds, Act 3 – 14-16 year olds.

How to Apply

Make your submission using the ACT ONE online entry form, ACT TWO online entry form or ACT THREE online entry form as early as possible before the deadline. Please make sure you have all the information outlined below before you start your form. ALL entries must be submitted by a parent or guardian.

What do you need to do in order to Enter?

Tell us about your idea for a play in no more than 300 words:

  • What is the theme of the play? The following themes might all serve as inspiration: LOVE, HATE, FAMILY, POWER, FRIENDSHIP, MONEY, FAME, COMEDY, GOOD VS BAD, COURAGE and HEROISM or you could choose your own theme
  • What is the play about and what is going to happen? Is it an adventure with pirates or spaceships? Is it all about a particular fictional family or group of friends? Is it about the world or community around us? Could it be a love story? The list is endless…
  • Does your play have a beginning, middle and end?
  • Think about where and when your play is taking place. Is it set in the future or the past? What will we see in the location you’ve chosen? Could it be set in more than one place?
  • Have you described all the key moments of the whole story or plot? (Not necessarily in the order outlined above)

List the main characters (no more than 4) with a short description (30 words max) for each:

  • What sort of people are they – are they funny, kind, serious, happy or sad, boring? Do they have more than one side to their personality? We want to know what they are like
  • Think about how they look, how they sound. Are they young or old?

Write the suggested opening lines of the play (no more than 5):

  • Think about how your play starts. What do the characters say? And what does it tell us about the story
  • Will they grab the audience’s attention when they are performed?

Tell us in no more than 200 words what having the opportunity to write your play and have it performed on stage would mean to you:

  • This will be considered alongside your idea

Make your submission via the link to the BBC page below, using the Act 2 or Act 3 online entry for as early as possible before the deadline of 31st August 2020.

Any questions please contact Mr Dickson (

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