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Drama Awards 2017









Rosemary Squire OBE, Co-Founder of the Ambassador Theatre Group, probably the world’s largest theatre group and most prolific theatre producer, now Joint CEO of Trafalgar Entertainment Group and The Windsor Fringe’s 2004 judge, has introduced young director Sophie Ivatts, her current Clore Leadership Foundation mentee , to be one of our judges this year, in order to bring a flareful artist’s sensibility and a youthful perspective to our Award.

Sophie is a freelance director and is currently undertaking a Fellowship with the Clore Leadership Programme: a year’s programme of bespoke training and development in the fields of cultural leadership.

Twitter handle: @SophieIvatts/

Credits as director inc: I Heart London (Old Red Lion/Hen & Chickens) Live from Frome: A Verbatim Mandate for Art (Works Canteen, Frome) The Big Four Oh (Young Vic Directors) An Early Christmas Present (Old Red Lion) It Falls (Theatre 503)

Credits as assistant/associate director: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation (RSC UK Tour ) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre, West End) King John (RSC) Belongings (Hampstead Theatre)



Joanne Harris MBE was a judge in 2008 and has highly recommended Rob Cowen to be one of our judges for 2017:

Rob Cowen is an award-winning writer and author described by the Guardian as ‘one of the UK’s most exciting nature writers’. In 2012 he won the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors for his first book Skimming Stones and Other Ways of Being in the Wild. His second book, Common Ground was shortlisted for the Portico Literary Prize, Richard Jefferies Society Prize and the 2016 Wainwright Prize, as well as being selected as a ‘Book of the Year’ in the Times, Independent, Sunday Express and featured in the Guardian’s Top Ten Readers’ Choice.

Much of Common Ground is a personal memoir but it blends many narratives, genres and perspectives, blurring the lines between novel and non-fiction. Rob has also written screenplays and had a pilot for TV shot in 2009. More recently he collaborated with folk musicians Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting to create a blend of live spoken word and folk song around Common Ground and its themes, performed at King’s Place, London. Widely acclaimed as an important new voice, Rob has written extensively for national press, as well as writing and recording the documentary ‘The Ospreys of Loch Garten’ for the BBC.

Rob has always loved drama and was a regular at West Yorkshire Playhouse growing up. His passion for drama however has never diminished and he looks forward to being a judge.

Selection process

Scripts will be evaluated by readers and the final nine short list by our two judges. The three winning writers will be notified on June 16th 2017. Results of the competition will be announced through the media, the Windsor Fringe web//Twitter// Facebook sites and the winner of the £500 award will be announced after the last night performance.

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Scripts pic 2017


Thank you to  all the writers who’ve submitted their scripts.


Our Drama Script Admin. Team have been busy:

We’ve received 257 scripts from:

New Zealand, Russia, England, Malaysia, N. Ireland, Canada, Taiwan
Wales, U.S.A,  Germany, Ireland, France, Scotland, Austria, Isle of Man, S. Africa and Australia.


All have been numbered, allocated to our readers for the 1st round and are being read anonymously

Please use the PayPal link below for late submissions: