"Richard Wilson, chair of the judging panel for the Royal Exchange’s Bruntwood Playwrighting Competition, has bemoaned the lack of female writers who entered the 2007 contest and is urging more to participate this year.
Last year’s competition attracted nearly 2,000 entries. However, only one play by a woman made it into the final shortlist of ten, and according to actor and director Wilson, this balance reflected the overall number of submissions.
He said: “Theatre should be telling the stories of the whole range of people, from all walks of life. We want to encourage female writers, writers from black and minority ethnic communities, people who have never written for the theatre before the competition and share their ideas for the stage.”The closing date for entries is June 13.
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