New Views shortlist: 12 left with chance of performing in Westminster Hall

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. 

Wednesday 11 July, 6pm

Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament


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