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Stars come out to salute talent of tomorrow by Dianne Bourne

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:44 pm    Post subject: Stars come out to salute talent of tomorrow by Dianne Bourne Reply with quote

I get yahoo and google alerts about Paul McGann, and most of these are about football or track teams or a police officer of the same name. Every now and then I see something that pertains to Paul McGann the actor, including this bit published yesterday in the online version of the Manchester Evening News.

Tuesday, 19th September 2006

STARS of stage and screen filed into Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre yesterday for a glittering celebration of the best of the nation's young playwriting talent.

Five young playwrights won prizes totalling 45,000 thanks to sponsporship by Manchester property firm Bruntwood - making it THE major playwriting competition in the UK. The award presenters included veteran movie stars Sir Tom Courtenay and Pete Postlethwaite, Shameless actress Maxine Peake, actress turned director Kathy Burke, Pride and Prejudice actress Susannah Harker and renowned playwright Roy Williams.

Fellow thespians in the audience included Neil Pearson, his former Drop The Dead Donkey co-star Haydn Gwynne, Paul McGann, Emmerdale star Susan Penhaligon, actor couple Sue Jenkins and David Fleeshman and Shameless starlet Rebecca Ryan.

The Bruntwood Playwrighting Competition for the Royal Exchange was launched last year with almost 2,000 scripts submitted. A final ten were scrutinised by the judging panel which included Oscar-winning actress Brenda Blethyn and the theatre's artistic director Braham Murray.

Braham said: "It's the theatre's 30th birthday this year and this is the best present we could have wished for.

"We have become unquestionably a major centre for new writing in this country and in the 05/06 season 50,000 tickets were sold to see new work in this auditorium. That's pretty incredible.

"The great thing about this competition is that it will discover new playwrights, it has discovered new playwrights and it has also started people writing for the first time."

Movie star Pete Postlethwaite told The Diary: "This competition is so important because in the next 10 or 15 years I'll be working in the plays that these guys are writing."

Shameless star Maxine Peake added: "It's extremely important that there are competitions like this. There should be more events to encourage young writers and nurture talent to keep theatre going."

As well as the prize money, the winners of the top two prizes will have their plays staged at the Royal Exchange during next year's Manchester International Festival.

The winners were:

1st prize: Ben Musgrave, Pretend You Have Big Buildings

2nd prize: Duncan, Macmillan, Monster

3rd prize: Phil Porter, The Cracks In My Skin

Writer Under 26: Phil Porter, The Cracks In My Skin

North West Writer prize: Ian Kershaw, Candy Land

Writer In Residency: Duncan Macmillan, Monster.


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