Southall student wins National Theatre playwriting competition for unique performance in Parliament
The winner of the New Views playwriting competition has been announced. Tosin Omosebi, a 17 year-old student from Southall in Middlesex won the competition with her 30-minute play Re-Write, which was chosen from a total of 175 submissions. Re-Write will be performed by professional actors in Westminster Hall on 11 July, the first ever recorded instance of a play being staged in the 900 year history of the Hall.
New Views is the National Theatre’s annual playwriting programme for 15 - 19 year old students, and provides a platform for young people who are writing about the issues that are important to them. 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. A total of 175 plays were submitted to this year’s programme.
Tosin Omosebi’s winning play will be performed for the first time in Westminster Hall on 11 July, with further performances at the National Theatre on 12 and 13 July. Free tickets for the Westminster Hall performance are available by visiting www.parliament.uk/new-views/
The New Views judging panel included Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre; Baroness Lola Young, member of the Arts in Parliament Advisory Group; Sebastian Born, associate literary director at the National Theatre; Jemma Kennedy, New Views course writer; Inua Ellams, poet, playwright and Arts in Parliament artist; and student panellist Bridget Minamore, who is a former New Views participant.
A free three-month programme of visual arts, dance, theatre and digital media, Arts in Parliament, runs from June to September.