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National Theatre to stage 16-year-old playwright’s work after competition win

Molly O'Gorman
Molly O'Gorman
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A 16-year-old student from Brighton has won the National Theatre’s New Views playwriting competition.

Molly O’Gorman’s play, Broad Shadow, was chosen from are than 300 entries and will receive a professional performance in July at the NT.

New Views is an annual competition for students aged 15 to 19, which encourages young writers to address issues important to them.

The entries come from schools across the UK. As part of the competition, entrants follow an online playwriting course written by Jemma Kennedy and featuring contributions from playwrights including Simon Stephens and James Graham.

O’Gorman said: “I am ecstatic and humbled to have won this competition, as well as incredibly grateful to the National for providing me with this opportunity to get my work out there.”

Ben Power, deputy artistic director, said O’Gorman’s play was “tender, truthful and quietly thrilling”. Power was part of the award’s judging panel, which also included director Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

It will be performed on July 6, 7 and 8 in the Dorfman Theatre.

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