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TakeTen: Chesil Theatre New Writing Festival.

Stop Press: Support from LTG Patron Sir Kenneth Branagh

“Three cheers for Winchester’s Chesil Theatre! At a time of challenge for all, they have bravely looked to creativity and imagination. Their new writing competition can lead the way to new ideas and new and entertaining ways to look at our changed and changing world.

“I hope these exciting writers will help herald the return of live amateur theatre, a vital part of Britain’s creative ecosystem. Bravo Chesil Theatre! With respect, Kenneth Branagh”

Chesil Theatre Winchester has launched a new writing competition and is welcoming entries to its TakeTen Chesil Theatre New Writing Festival. Full details are available from the Chesil Theatre Website HERE or email Also see the Chesil Theatre Press Release HERE.

The simple formula is:

  • plays should have a running time of 10 minutes,
  • require one to four actors, and
  • be new, unperformed, unpublished works.

As in previous editions, there is a theme. This year it is inspired by Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. Scripts are judged by an independent panel, with the winning 10 performed by Chesil Theatre in February 2021.

The closing date for entries is 18th July 2020.