The shortlist has been announced of the 12 plays that are still in the running for the chance to perform what will be the first ever recorded instance of a play being staged in Westminster Hall.
New Views is the National Theatre’s annual playwriting programme for 15 - 19 year old students. In collaboration with Arts in Parliament, the National Theatre has given students the opportunity to write their own 30 minute one-act plays exploring challenging issues from contemporary society.
The competition-winning play will be performed in the historic setting of Westminster Hall on 11 July 2012. Free tickets can be booked through the parliament website. There will be a further two opportunities to see the play at The Pop-Up Workshop, as part of National Theatre Inside Out on the South Bank, on 12 and 13 July.
A total of 175 plays were submitted to this year’s programme. The New Views judging panel has narrowed this down to the following shortlist:
- Abraham Darby Academy, Telford
- Alcester Grammar School, Warwickshire
- Saint Cecilias, Wandsworth
- Eton College
- Greenford High School, Ealing
- St Olaves Grammar School, Orpington
- Boston High School, Lincolnshire
- St Angela's and St Bonaventure's Sixth Form Centre
- The Clarendon College, Wiltshire
The winning play will be announced on Thursday 14 June.
The judging panel includes; Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre; Baroness Lola Young, member of Arts in Parliament Advisory Group; Sebastian Born, associate literary director at the National Theatre; Jemma Kennedy, New Views course write; Inua Ellams, poet, Playwright and Arts in Parliament artist; and student panellist Bridget Minamore, who is a former New Views participant.