Youngsters invited to enter National Theatre scriptwriting competition

Lalayn Baluch

Penguin Books and the National Theatre have teamed up to launch a scriptwriting competition for young people.

As part of the Big Break competition, youngsters aged 13 to 18 are invited to read author Meg Rosoff’s debut novel How I Live Now and, using the story, themes and characters, write a first scene of a script based on the book.

Five winners will be invited to spend a day at the NT Studio working with professional writers, directors and actors to workshop and develop their scripts.

They will also see a performance of Nation, based on a novel by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Mark Ravenhill, opening at the theatre in November.

The judging panel consists of Rosoff, Ravenhill, NT associate literary director Sebastian Born, NT discover programme associate director Anthony Banks and Danielle Innes, editor of Penguin’s online teen community Spine Breakers.

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