We are pleased to announce the short-list evaluated anonymously from 266 scripts submitted from 23 countries by 40 readers. Each writer has been informed  and  the short-listed are with our two judges: Joan Lane & Andrew C. Wadsworth. The three finalists will be announced on June 12th.

No.       Title                                                                   No.       Title

185       GOLDEN MILE                                                 257       Audience Antics

184       THE ICE QUEEN                                                 58       An Absence Of.

265       THESPIAN                                                         172       Mahatmas       

  63       WHISTLE BLOWER                                            134       The Man Who Almost

213       One, Two TREE                                                   


Drama scripts are now in the 4th round and all long-listed writers have been informed.

Script no         Title                                  Script no.           Title

238                  DUVET DAY                               266            The War at Home

149                  Red, White & Blue Ginger      213            One, Two, Three

103                  Excluded                                    22            Freehold

246                  Contactless                                47            Mrs Orwell

194                  The Saviour                               104            OUR TIME IS NOW

257                 Audience Antics                         41            THE CENSOR

  13                  Lady in Black                              43            A PROPER KILLING

  19                  Bark                                               5             AN UNLAWFUL COMPELLING

118                  THE NEXT MOVE                          58            AN ABSENCE OF 

  93                  No Left Turns                              205           A Critical Situation

225                  Mr. Everyone                             172            Mahatma

  90                  Strings                                         265           Thespian

  63                  Whistle Blower                           160            A Bad Date

113                  Think and Feel                           184            THE ICE QUEEN

227                  MAGINATION GAMES               185           GOLDEN MILE

134                  The Man Who Almost                 31           The Last Party in Bushwick

WE WELCOME OUR JUDGES Joan Lane & Andrew C Wadsworth

Joan Lane

Joan so enjoyed being one of our judges for 2018, that she was delighted to be asked again.   She has worked in arts management and production for 30 years. We welcome her “on board” again and we’re very fortunate to have her.

Joan is known for having developed the film ‘The Kings Speech’, directed by Tom Hooper, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, having discovered the then unknown author David Steidler, and adapting it from his stage play. She trained as a Speech and Language Therapist, with a background as a music scholar and has also worked as a vocal consultant. Her varied work in music, film and television expose Joan to scripts and screenplays. With a background of language, Joan began to work with and edit writer’s work/ scripts. She now spends most of her working hours doing just that. Currently four TV series on which she has worked with first time writers are under
consideration and three films are expected to go into production in 2018.
Her company, Wild Thyme Productions, has toured six innovative productions of
Shakespeare’s plays in the UK and Germany and mounted world premiere showcases and readings of new plays and musicals in London. She is a member of Musical Theatre Network UK, concerned with the writing of new musicals, and a member of the British Shakespeare Association.
Primarily engaged as a Consultant by the BBC, Joan’s skills were used for the recording, filming and Royal Opera House performance of ‘The Little Prince’. She was a director for BBC Radio Two and BBC Television’s New Talent UK-wide search for the ‘Voice of Musical Theatre’, involved with background music for the film ‘The Actors’, coordinated the participation of singing Angels for Stephen Fry’s directorial film debut ‘Bright Young Things’ and worked on the BBC’s Promenade Concert/Opera ‘The Water Diviner’s Tale’. As well as touring with her own company, Joan has worked on several plays at the National Theatre and toured plays with ATG and Pleasance Theatre. She recommends scripts to Russian translator colleagues and two plays were produced in Russia recently. 
Joan is working with new writers on two films and three new TV series. She has also developed a screenplay from a radio play and has been commissioned to write a screenplay based on a true story.
The company’s latest venture - ‘HAPPY WARRIOR, a new play from a 91 year-old first time playwright, ran at ‘Upstairs at The Gatehouse’ until April 22 2018
(Wild Thyme Productions Ltd ……………………….

Andrew C Wadsworth

Andrew was a brilliant director in our 2015 award and we are fortunate to
have him as a judge. He has had many years of experience in drama for the
Theatre and TV and says that “recognizing a good script is essential for any actor and director."

West End inc: 'Kiss Me Kate' Olivier Award Nomination Best Actor in a
Musical, Javert in 'Les Miserables', Judas in 'Godspell', Anthony in 'Sweeney
Todd', the original Eddie in 'Blood Brothers', Sky Masterson in 'Guys and Dolls',
Lt Joe Cable in 'South Pacific', Alderman Fitzwarren in 'Dick Whittington' and
Georges in 'Marguerite and The Go Between'.

National Theatre inc: Tony Lumpkin in 'She Stoops to Conquer', Sky
Masterson in 'Guys and Dolls' and Dolabella in 'Anthony and Cleopatra'. For
Music Theatre London: The Don in 'Don Giovanni', Papageno in 'Magic Flute',
and The Count in 'Figaro',

Other theatre inc: Captain Hook in 'Lost Boy' at Charing Cross Theatre,
Juan Peron 'Evita' national tour, 'Dick Barton Special Agent'. 'Twelfth Night'
(Edinburgh), and 'Radio Times' (Watermill Newbury)

TV inc: 'Victorian Scandals' (Granada), 'Peak Practice' (Carlton), 'Wings' (BBC)

Radio inc: 'The Lorenzaccio Story' and the award winning 'Killing Maestros'.

As director: 'Aladdin' Milton Keynes Theatre, 'A Bowl Of Cherries' Charing
Cross Theatre. 'A Comedy of Arias' Jermyn Street and 'Kings Head', 'Assassins',
'Sauce for the Goose', 'Threepenny Opera', 'Sweeney Todd', 'Man of La Mancha',
four short films ‘Stories of 2016’ and 'BOO'. Resident Director 'Zipp' (Duchess)
and 'Dick Barton' (National Tour),
Andrew created & amp; directed a short film Home about Homelessness in
London, which had its first screening at The Trycycle Theatre and was shown
at The Houses of Parliament in April 2016.
Recently Andrew appeared as J.B. Biggle in 'How To Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying' at Wilton’s Music Hall and directed 'Happy Warriors' at
the Gatehouse Theatre.


We are  delighted to have received 266 scripts from 23 countries:

Bali (Indonesia), Belgium, France, Romania, England,

Greece, USA, Australia, Scotland, Russia, Canada, Wales,

Luxembourg, Finland, N. Ireland, Hungary,  Germany,

N. Zealand, Portugal, Eire, Switzerland, Tasmania & Slovenia.