As another highlight of the session, the young people were given a virtual backstage tour of Disney’s The Lion King in the West End. The cast and crew gave some inspirational advice, including insights from the puppeteers, production management and lead actors.
The ‘As You Write It – Your Play on Stage’ competition has been organised by The Shakespeare North Playhouse and the BBC’s The One Show. Launched in June 2020, the national competition was open to young people from the age of 7 up to 16 years old (at the time of entry). More than 1300 young people submitted their ideas which were then judged by an expert panel including author Kiran Millwood Hargrave and playwright Natasha Gordon. In November 2020 the 9 finalists were announced on The One Show and they had their first online mentoring session in January 2021.
The finalists will take part in one more mentoring session before completing their final plays which will be judged by industry experts before three winners (one from each age category) are announced later in the year.