Playwriting Prize for Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley

Leigh Ambassadors Playwriting Competition

The Leigh Ambassadors are inviting anyone who lives or has a connection to Leigh, Atherton or Tyldesley to enter new playwriting competition LocalTALE.

Write an original 10 – 30-minute play and be in with the chance to have your work produced and performed in the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Den at Spinners Mill in May 2020.

Plays should use the image above as their starting point for writing.

Deadline for submissions is Monday 23 March 2020


You don’t need to have ever written a play before but if you want some extra help please download the resource pack here

Competition Rules

1. LocalTALE is open to anyone who lives or has a connection to Leigh, Atherton or Tyldesley. We are afraid that no other submissions can be considered at this time

2. There is no lower or upper age limit for entrants

3. We can only accept one entry per person (if you send more than one we will read the first one you submit)

4. The play must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work

5. The play should take inspiration from the image. It does not have to be directly about the area or about stories or people from the area.

6. We cannot accept musicals, work specifically for younger audiences, prose writing, radio pieces or screenplays

7. The play must be a minimum of 10 minutes in length and a maximum of 30 minutes in length

8. While the play can have any number of characters, the script must be written for a maximum of two performers

9. The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script

10. The submitted play must be available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company. Any scripts that have been professionally optioned, produced or published will be disqualified.

11. We do accept plays co-authored by more than one writer. Please ensure that only one entry is submitted with one set of contact details.

How To submit

Please submit by completing this short form and attach the script as a pdf, doc or docx file


We will judge each script anonymously, without knowing the writers name. To help us do this please ensure all contact details or identifying details are removed from the script attachment.

The judges, made up of Leigh Ambassadors and Royal Exchange Theatre staff, will read all the entries, and judge the winners by the following criteria:
• Does it meet the competition rules & eligibility?
• Does it respond to the image?
• Does it have dialogue that is speakable and that carries an individual voice for each character?
• Is it a story that takes its characters and the audience on a journey?
• Would I want to watch this in THE DEN in May 2020 in Leigh?

We regret that no correspondence can be entered into regarding any part of the judging process.

There will be four winning plays which will all be produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of THE DEN at Spinners Mill in May 2020. All winning writers will receive support from Dramaturg Suzanne Bell to develop their play for performance.

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