Drama Competition 2014

ACG held its second playwriting competition in 2014 with two drama awards for innovative play and creative play scripts, 40 to 50 minutes in length. There was no fixed subject but it should in some way reflect the human condition. The two awards were:

  • The Julian Battersby Award for young playwrights under the age of 30. Prize £300.

  • The Jasperian Drama Award for playwrights from any age. Prize £100.

It has proved a great success. This time there were vastly more entries and the overall standard was high.

Drama Award Winners

Winners Katrina Ffiske and Emma Rogerson

The winner of the Under 30 category (Julian Battersby Award) was Emma Rogerson for The Sad Truth. Just 16 years old her text thrilled the judges. The piece would work well for a physical theatre group. Emma came down to London with her parents from Nantwich. The judges nearly gave their award to a play of a different type - Indiscretion by Lexi Wolfe. It was a worthy second.

In the all-age group (Jasperian Award) there was almost a unanimous decision in awarding the first place Award to Katrina Ffiske. Her play If Only Every Day was seen as funny, relevant and quirky. It was well constructed and entertaining. The runners-up in this category were Richard Moore commended for his play The Ante Room and Geoffrey Heptonstall, commended for his play The Night City.

Drama Award Presentation

L to R: Peter Moreton, Susanne Scott, Tony Jasper and Katrina Ffiske

The awards were presented by Peter Moreton, actor and playwright and also founder of the Applecart touring company which wowed Greenbelt in 2013, on Thursday October 23rd 2014 at the Society of Authors, London SW10.

The competition administrator was Tony Jasper.

Judges also included: Clare Davidson, coach and theatre director with a world wide reputation, Linda Slade, Voice Coach and actor, Amie Buhari, trained actress and singer, Alfred Hofmann, actor in film and TV, Cathy Sara, actress, won Carleton Hobbs BBC Radio Award 1993 and has enjoyed leading roles in Theatre and on Television.

It is intended that the winning plays will be showcased in part or in whole by professional actors. Look out for details.


Tony Jasper