Bush Theatre hosts showcase of winning student playwrights

Sandra Giorgetti

Selected work of student writers arising from The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting competition will be showcased at London's Bush Theatre later this month.

Jennifer Tuckett, director of The Student Guide To Writing, said, "we received thousands of applications for The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting competition and we hope this showcase will offer an opportunity to see the work of 5 of the most talented student and emerging writers in the UK.

"As university writing courses expand, I think one of the problems has been assisting writers in making the transition from studying to having careers as writers—we hope the showcase will help bring to attention and provide a credit for these 5 winning writers.

"As students pay higher fees for these courses due to government changes in funding, it's important to consider how these courses can best help them. We hope the showcase and the panel discussion on how best to train writers will help address this issue".

The students are Vee Tames, a 17-year-old student from Colchester, Monique Geraghty, an undergraduate student from Cheshire, and Titilola Ige, a postgraduate student from Croydon whose winning play has subsequently had a reading with Tamasha theatre company.

Other emerging writers are Mufaro Makubika from Nottingham and Miriam Battye from Manchester, who has subsequently been chosen for the BBC's New Talent Hotlist.

The showcase, which will be accompanied by panel discussion on the importance of teaching and how to improve arts education, will take place on 9 May.

The group behind The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting comprises The new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, the Bush Theatre, writers development organisation Writers at Work Productions and Oberon Books.