Prize-winning Playwrights take Centre Stage

Winners of the Hole in One Act Play Festival onstage at the Dolman Theatre

The Deputy Mayor of Newport, Cllr Margaret Cornelious, and her consort Mr Ken Cornelious, presented the prizes to the winning playwrights (left to right) Neil Chapman, David D Thomas, Kevin Myers, Mark Hardwidge and Phil Mansell

Five writers were awarded prizes for their plays at the culmination of a highly successful festival of new writing at the Dolman Theatre.

The plays were the winners of a competition organised by Newport Playgoers Society to find new writers for the theatre and were judged by Wales’s leading playwright Frank Vickery to be the best of over 40 entries challenged to take an innovative and quirky look at golf.

Golf Play Winner Kevin Myers

The Deputy Mayor of Newport, Cllr Margaret Cornelious presented the first prize to Kevin Myers for his play ‘Surviving the Century’

Top prize went to Kevin Myers, from Cardiff, for his play ‘Surviving the Century’, about a golf club’s efforts to avoid being re-developed to make way for a new ring road on the eve of its centenary celebrations.

Runner-up prizes went to Neil Chapman, from Chepstow, for his Pinteresque play ‘Out Of Bounds’ and Phil Mansell, from Newport, for ‘Bunkered’, about a down-at-heel crazy golf course’s attempts to revive its flagging fortunes.

The highly commended prize was given to ‘Futagolf’, a hilarious and innovative play set on a virtual reality golf course, by David D Thomas and Mark Hardwidge, from Pontypridd.

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“The standard of entries for the competition, which was organised to tie in with the Ryder Cup coming to Newport, was extremely high, and selecting four for this festival of one act plays was no easy task,” said Playgoers President, Bruce Campbell.

“Luckily we were able to call upon the considerable skills of playwright Frank Vickery as a judge, and the result was a fascinating mixture of plays which provided a real theatrical treat.”

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