Death of a Salesman: stories wanted in Northampton

Steve Orme

People in Northamptonshire are being invited to submit a short story, poem or sketch inspired by the themes of Northampton Royal and Derngate’s forthcoming production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece looks at the cost of not being able to let go of the American dream. Travelling salesman Willy Loman is unable to keep up in a changing workplace and is on the brink of unemployment. When his son moves home, Willy decides to give success one last shot to prove to everyone that he has still got what it takes.

Royal—React—Respond is an opportunity for writers of all ages and abilities to showcase their work on the Royal stage. Selected pieces will be presented by Royal and Derngate’s young company after the matinee performances of Death of a Salesman on Saturday 22 and Saturday 29 April.

Pieces must be submitted by Friday 20 January. They should be based around the themes of “my family”, “my childhood” or “my parents” and should be no longer than one side of A4. The pieces will be performed by 14- to 21-year-olds and should be original work.

For more information or to submit a piece for consideration contact youth theatre manager Ashley Elbourne at ashley.elbourne@royalandderngate.co.uk.

Death of a Salesman which features Tim Pigott-Smith as Willy Loman runs from 8 until 29 April.