The One Show presenter Alex Jones, who is one of the judges, says: “I’m confident that we’ll have a huge response to this competition. A child’s first trip to the theatre – be it the West End or to see the local panto – is very special and really captures their imagination, as it did for me as a child. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.”
About the competition
To enter, children and young people need to come up with an idea for a play, up to four of the main characters and the first few opening lines. They also need to tell the judges what having the chance to write a play and have it performed on stage would mean to them. Entrants do not need to have any knowledge of Shakespeare to take part and knowledge of Shakespeare will not give an advantage in the judging process. Entries need to be in just before midnight on Monday 31st August 2020. All entries must be submitted by a parent or guardian.
In the autumn, three finalists from each age category (7-10; 11-13 years and 14-16) will be chosen by a panel of judges which will include award winning children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer of the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics.