16-year-old playwright triumphs in GM Fringe

Published: 11 August 2018
Reporter: David Upton

A 16-year-old schoolgirl from Salford won two awards for her debut play at Salford Arts Theatre as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe.

Libby Hall won Best Newcomer and the cast from Salford Arts Theatre's Young Performers Company, aged between 11 and 16, also won Best Ensemble for Things we Tell the Hours After Midnight.

Libby said: "there are no words to explain what I feel!

"I’m so over overwhelmed with emotions. I’m delighted for the cast receiving Best Ensemble, I’ve watched them work tirelessly to bring my script to life and I’m absolutely buzzing they’ve been recognised for the brilliant job they all did. I’m very grateful.”

Inspired by Shelagh Delaney, who was a working class writer aged just 19 when her first play A Taste of Honey was performed, Libby wrote and performed a monologue on feminism and women's place in theatre last year. But this was her first full-length play.

Two awards also went to 1974 Productions on their debut at Greater Manchester Fringe for Best Adaptation of A Different Way Home by Jimmie Chinn at Guide Bridge Theatre in Audenshaw and the Kings Arms in Salford.

Darren Scott won Best Actor for playing both brother and sister in this one-man play.

POP was Oldham Coliseum’s Pick of the Fringe and will go on to be performed there in a double bill with Narcissist in the Mirror by Rosie Fleeshman, a winner at last year’s Fringe and currently at Edinburgh Fringe. POP starred Martha Godber, who has worked with the Old Vic Theatre and John Godber Theatre Company, and Sade Malone, winner of a BAFTA scholarship in 2017.