The deadline for entries  to our one-act play-writing competition, Play Write! has now passed. A big thank you to the many talented writers who have entered original, exciting new work!

The competition has generated a huge amount of interest, with nearly 200 individual enquiries, and over 2,500 hits on the website feature, as the story has gone viral. Plays have come in from all over the country, and from as far afield as the United States and New Zealand (but with a good representation from the Calder Valley too)!

We have received 60 short plays, and for the Little Theatre, the hard work starts now! Our three judges will begin the process of selecting the plays to be performed at the Festival in July. The short list will be announced at the beginning of April, with the outright winner being kept under wraps till Saturday 21 July, the last night of the Festival.

In April, we will be holding casting auditions for all the plays, details of which will be advertised on the website and Facebook. If you would like to be involved in this exciting new venture, get in touch with the Festival organiser, Vaughan Leslie (07415 062810;