I am delighted to sponsor this writing award and to be a small part of the Windsor Fringe initiative that supports new writers. Without a good play or script, the best actors and directors in the world cannot hope to produce good work and I welcome the encouragement that this award offers to writers both local and international.

Kenneth Branagh



Adam ‘s a forty-three-year-old Hod Carrier from Stockport, who likes to write
and would much rather be working on a plot for a play, than a plot for a
After writing a play about five years ago, few years later, I began to get tired
of my wife and daughter rolling their eyes every time my mentioning I was
going to do something with it. So I took it out from underneath the bed,
where it had been gathering dust.
A local amateur society, gave me the opportunity to stage my play and from
that positive experience was encouraged to write more and more, and it has
led me to this wonderful opportunity at the fringe.


Suzanne was born and brought up on the Wirral. After graduating from Uni.Kent with a BA Hon. in Theatre Studies, she qualified as a teacher of Drama /Theatre Studies & worked for over 30 years, before setting up a library in an 11-16 school. She took early retirement in 2017 to care for her mother and is married with two daughters, a husband and 3 - legged cat. Apart from writing, Suzanne also enjoys swimming, walking, reading and pottering in the garden.

In 2018 whilst on Jury Service, she began ‘dabbling’, joined the Manchester Irish Writer's group and was delighted when her ideas and words were well received by the group. With the encouragement, support and advice of her family, this is her first script, which is semi-biographical.  


Pete has been writing plays for over 40 years with numerous amateur productions. He has written 11 children’s books, short stories for the Interact Charity, dozens of sketches & three musicals. In his spare time he sleeps 



Paula is a Freelance Director - Designer – Producer. She has, three times, very successfully, directed plays for our Drama Award and we’re very pleased to welcome her back.

She has directed and designed over 50 productions in London and on regional tour…from Mike Leigh to Shakespeare and Puccini to Menotti.

She recently premiered Lily and Bear, a new musical for children at The Albert Hall  ( and  also recently staged  theatre and opera productions at The Southwark Playhouse, The Bunker Theatre ,The Arcola Theatre, The Kings Head Theatre, Upstairs at The Gatehouse, Highgate, Brockley Jack SE4  and The Arts Theatre, West End.  She was assistant director at The Royal Opera House and now runs irrational theatre which produces accessible, colourful, original adaptations of operas, new writing and classics.

For full CV see 


We are pleased to welcome back Richard, who’s very successfully directed three times for us inc: the winner in 2011 WALKING. 

Since then, he has collaborated with the writer Tina Jay on several projects at London venues. Other Direction inc: A Royal Mess ( Arts Theatre West End) Banana Crabtree Simon (503)  Held & bound (Tristram Bates) Shadow of the Mountain (Old Red Lion) Walk On & Brought to Mind ( Bread & Roses) Dog City ( Lost Theatre) 

Film /TV Work inc most notably: A Christmas Star, & BBC’s M.I. High 


Anthony successfully directed for us before & we welcome him back.. 

He is a freelance director, founder member of both And Tomorrow Theatre and The Entire Theatre Companies and a former academic. He was a former Artistic Director of the Drayton Garden’s Theatre, where productions inc: The Bullett, Landscape, The Lover and Mojo. 

Directing inc: It’s a Wonderful Life (Old Joint Stock Th. Birm.) Death of a Hunter (Finborough) The Gin Chronicles series (ArtsSpace Edin.) Orbits (Drayton Arms) ReallifeTV (Baron’s Court Th.) Saffron Hill (Pleasance Th.) LANZA  (King’s Head) Zena (Edward’s Security BAC) The 1st UK production selected for Shizudka Festival Japan, Richard Jone’s Big Heart adapted into a series for BBC4. He has published on directing Vseveoiod, Beckett’s Rockaby and the Theatre of Jaques Lecoq. 

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 ………………………. [email protected])

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 pleased to announce the three winning scripts received from 266 submissions, from 23 countries and evaluated anonymously by our 40 readers and the short-list of nine by our two judges: Joan Lane & Andrew C Wadsworth

                                     (In no particular order)

Script No.               Title                                     Author

184                         The Ice Queen.                    Pete Barrett (Colchester)

  58                         An Absence Of                    Suzanne Jeans (Knutsford)

  213                        One, Two, TREE                  Adam Colclough (Stockport)   


The other short-listed ; Golden Mile by Sarah A Lacon (Shropshire), Thespian by Brian Young (Tasmania), Whistle Blower by Peter Harrison (Cheshire), The Man Who Almost by Adam Thorn (Wilts), Audience Antics by Andrew Turner (Lancs), Mahatmas by Michael John Simms (S W London).

All three plays will be performed nightly during the Fringe Festival  on October the 3rd, 4th & 5th at The Old Court, Windsor, when the overall winner of the £500 prize, will be announced at the Awards Ceremony after the last performance.                [email protected] 


Script no     Title                                Writer                    

238              DUVET DAY                    Carolyn Chinn (W. Sussex) 

266              THE WAR AT HOME       Catherine Higgins-Moore (N .Ireland) 

149               RED, WHITE & BLUE GINGER       L. Blackwell (N. London)

213               One, Two, TREE             Adam Colclough (Stockport) 

103               EXCLUDED                    Clara Shaw (Essex) 

  22              FREEHOLD                     Roger Goldsmith (Hants) 

246              CONTACTLESS               Pete Talman  (E.Sussex) 

  47              MRS ORWELL                 Mike Pearcy (Burnham) 

194              THE SAVIOUR                 Joe Laredo (Stony Stratford) 

104              OUR TIME IS NOW         Joel Kaye (Oxford)

257              AUDIENCE ANTICS        Andrew Turner (Bolton)

  41              THE CENSOR                 Sarah Isaacs  (E. London) 

  13              LADY IN BLACK             Elizabeth Sinclair (Bali, Indonesia) 

  43             A PROPER KILLING        Helen Rana (Bristol)

  19             BARK                              Stephanie Dickson (E. London)

   5             AN UNLAWFUL COMPELLING            Edwin Preece (W. Sussex)               

118             THE NEXT MOVE            William Ivor Fowkes (U.S.A) 

  58            AN ABDENCE OF            Suzanne Jeans (Cheshire) 

  93            NO LEFT TURN               Christine Lalla (N. London)

203            A CRITICAL SITUATION                      Tommy Nicholson (Ireland)

225            MR EVERYONE                Rob Keeley (Wirral) 

172            MAHATMAS                     Michael John Simms (SW London) 

  90           STRINGS                          Neil Edwards (N. London)

 265          THESPIAN                        Brian Young (Tasmania) 

  63           WHISTLE BLOWER          Peter Harrison (Cheshire)

160           A BAD DATE                     Colin Bucchan (Exeter) 

113            THINK AND FEEL             Jake Abbott (W. London) 

  184         THE ICE QUEEN               Pete Barrett (Essex)

  227        IMAGINATION GAMES       Simon James  (Surrey) 

  185        GOLDEN MILE                   Sarah A Lacon  (Shropshire) 

  134        THE MAN WHO ALMOST   Adam Thorn (Wilts) 

    31        THE LAST PARTY IN BRUNSWICK           Chris Harder (USA) 


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.