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Grand Words One Act Play Competition 2013 launches on Saturday 11 May at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre Studio, at 7-30pm.  The competition has run at the Grand since 2009 and has seen some memorable plays written by participants from all over the north west of England (the contest‘s catchment area). As usual with this competition, the launch involves a production of last year’s winning entry which this time is Zoe Lamond’s drama, Saturday Night at Guido’s.  There will also be a rehearsed reading of one of last year’s commended plays; Jennifer Smethurst’s comedy, Foul (or Fowl) Play.

From Saturday, the competition for this year will be open. The usual conditions are that entries should be a play lasting no longer than forty minutes, have a maximum of four actors and require minimum set. If you fancy having a go you have until August to complete it. You’ll need to get hold of an entry form – if you come on Saturday night they should be available at the launch – and post your entry to the Grand Theatre.

If you’d like to try but need some advice, Grand Words is managed by Stage Write, a Blackpool group for writing and performance which meets once a month (on the first Wednesday) at the Catholic Club on Queen Street Blackpool, 7pm. They would be more than happy to discuss a draft of your play as part of their usual readings.

On Saturday, call at the box office of the Grand to enquire about entry. If the box office is closed, make your way to Matcham Court at the rear of the building and head for the Studio entrance.

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