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Playwright festival Write Here Write Now returns to Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishop's Stortford

An annual festival showcasing new playwrights returns to Bishop's Stortford next week.

Now in its fifth year, Write Here Write Now – which takes place over two nights at Rhodes Arts Complex – aims to unleash and develop the writing talent on our doorstep.

The event, which was started by Stortford professional theatre company Contexture, will see 10 short-listed plays staged next Wednesday and Thursday (February 5-6).

Write Here Write Now is back for a fifth year
Write Here Write Now is back for a fifth year

And once again the audiences will vote on who goes through to the grand final at Hertford Theatre on Tuesday February 25.

This year, newcomers Hilary Austin, a hypnotherapist from Birchanger, Tom Thacker, who was 21 on Monday, and Tina Battleday join Michael Boyton, Cat Quigley, Ronnie Battleday, Bev Morris, Sarah Wragg, Lucy Gray and 10-year-old Seth Mulvey, who have all worked with the festival before. A number of them have been working with Contexture over the last year to take their writing skills to the next stage.

The overall winner will have their play developed by Contexture over the next year. Last year's winner, The Last Romantic, by local student Patrick O'Brien, will be presented in its developed form at the final.

Contexture's Gailie Pollock and Simon Anderson. Picture: Vikki Lince
Contexture's Gailie Pollock and Simon Anderson. Picture: Vikki Lince

"We're immensely proud of the way Write Here Write Now has developed over the years," said Contexture's artistic director Gailie Pollock.

"It's now a well-established and much-anticipated opportunity for new writers to have a go and for others to try out new genres and develop their skills. Several of our writers from previous years have gone on to present their work professionally.

"It's also a true community event, supported by volunteers and cast from local actors. The showcase evenings are great fun and very inspirational – a wonderful shop window for what theatre and our region has to offer."

If you would like to have your say on who goes through to the final from Bishop's Stortford, get along to Rhodes next Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are priced £12 (£6 for under-18s) and are available from the Rhodes box office on 01279 710200 or online at rhodesartscomplex.co.uk. Email Gailie at writing@contexturetheatre.com for more details.

Write Here Write Now running order at Rhodes


You by Lucy Gray

Men On Pause by Ronnie Battleday

9 Lives, 8 Deaths by Bev Morris

Delirah by Sarah Wragg

Keep Calm & Carry On by Tina Battleday


The Trial by Seth Mulvey

Black Dog Days by Michael Boyton

Golden Brown by Tom Thacker

Legs, Bums & Chums by Cat Quigley

Enough by Hilary Austin

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