Radius 2018 Playwriting Competition

Radius Playwriting Competition 2018 has now been launched in tandem with the Radius YouTube Channel. Judges of the competition are Neil McPherson and Sue Healy, Artistic Director and Literary Manager of London’s Finborough Theatre, and the winning script is guaranteed a reading in the Finborough’s prestigious Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. There will be a prize of £500.

Radius provides high-quality drama scripts to churches and community groups. In addition to a collection of original takes on the Christmas and Easter stories, we specialize in plays that ask searching questions about how life should be lived, and we avoid offering easy answers. Past winners of Radius playwriting competitions include Cell Talk by Dana Bagshaw, about the medieval women mystics Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, and Red Star by Les Ellison, exploring the astronaut Yuri Gagarin’s failure to cope with the pressures of celebrity.




Entries must consist of original and previously unpublished works. The script should not have been performed within a professional theatre context nor published

Entrants should bear in mind the aims and objectives of Radius. This includes the encouragement of all drama which throws light on the human condition, especially from a Christian understanding. Religious themes need not be mentioned explicitly, and a play about the transformative power of love, for instance, would fall within Radius’s remit.

Entries should last between one and two hours in performance and may be on any subject.

Entrants should be UK residents and the winner will work with a dramaturg at the Finborough Theatre to develop the play for the Vibrant Festival in October 2018.



1 May 2018 at 5pm


For more information on submission guidelines, The Radius YouTube Channel, and other initiatives please go to their website.


Published on:
16 Feb 2018


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