Segora one-act play competition 2018
 

The winners of the 2018 one-act play competition chosen by Gordon Simms
Our thanks to Gordon and to all who entered.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS

FIRST The Other Cat:  Oliver Eade, Melrose, Roxburghshire
Oliver Eade is a Scottish doctor who is seven times winner of the annual Wilfred Hopkins Best Short Story Challenge. He has written over a hundred short stories, published as Lost Whispers & other stories, and in 2018 (2018) Walls of Words. He was awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ status in 2010 by the Society of Civil and Public Service Writers.

For young readers: Moon Rabbi, a winner of the WAAYB 207 New Novel Competition
Monkey King’s Revenge, children’s category finalist for The People’s Book Prize.
The Rainbow Animal;  Northwards
For young adults: From Beast to God (trilogy);The Kelpie’s Eyes (winner 2018 Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Young Adult Novel Award; The Terminus,
For adults: A Single Petal, winner 2012 Local Legend Spiritual Writing Competition.
The Parth Path (2018),

Oliver has written twelve plays: The Gap was staged in Scotland in 2012. He gives talks on writing and drama, as well as on photography. Website: olivereadebooks.org
 
SECOND Gloop:  Fiona Fraser, La Souterraine, France


First prize: £100; Second prize: £50 or equivalent €

Gordon Simms comments:

It has been such a pleasure to read this year’s entries, including as they did a wide range of themes and styles. Radio and television plays as well as some that would lend themselves to film came in alongside stage plays to make an intriguing mix.

I was struck by the quality of dialogue in many entries. If substance was a little short in some examples, at least the dialogue was entertaining and convincing.

Four very different pieces made up the short-list. Previous winner Doc Watson offers a typically energetic, even frenetic, tussle between two self-important musicians, where it transpires the third member of the trio is the real villain. Anthony Powers’ play begins with exciting action which leads to a definite result, then leaves us with a delicate situation hanging over two friends – a situation which may be resolved in the future. What is unsaid between them creates a poignant finale.

Two plays presented me with a dilemma: totally different, one from another, yet having enough in common to demonstrate just how varied and versatile the craft of play-writing may be. I was torn between Oliver Eade’s fascinating exploration of quantam physics and Fiona Fraser’s treatment of contemporary issues in an historical setting. Both plays deal with time in unusual ways, both have a crime (or supposed crime) at their heart and both involve flights of fancy. But there the similarities end. Oliver Eade has written quick-firing dialogue in a fast-moving scenario, though whether we are invited to move forwards or backwards is not at first easy to know. Fiona Fraser uses a much more relaxed and seamless conversational style which includes, particularly as it is written for sound production, more observational narrative. However, her play for voices could be staged without difficulty. What a double-bill the pair of them would make – humour, intrigue and plenty to stir the imagination.

So close was my decision that I felt I could not ‘abandon’ either, so rather than share first prize I have introduced a second. This addition also reflects the largest number of entries yet received in this section of our competitions.
Once again the judging experience has been informative and uplifting, and I thank again all those who entered to make it so.

The short list of potential winning entries was

Feeding on a Man’s Wounds:  Anthony Powers, Hawarden, Flintshire The Other Cat:  Oliver Eade, Melrose, Roxburghshire
Gloop:  Fiona Fraser, La Souterraine, France Let’s Make Sweet Music Together:  Doc Watson, Bath

The long list of potential winning entries was

Agathe:  Angela Davis, Los Angeles, USA The Other Cat:  Oliver Eade, Melrose, Roxburghshire
Gloop:  Fiona Fraser, La Souterraine, France Time for Reflection:  John Glander, Wickford, Essex
Welcome to Meadowland:  Timothy Toepel, Sobieski, USA Let’s Make Sweet Music Together:  Doc Watson, Bath
Transgress:  Alan Olejniczak, San Francisco, USA Feeding on a Man’s Wounds:  Anthony Powers, Hawarden, Flintshire