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Pro writers battle it out with youths in theatre challenge

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: Playwright Somalia Seaton will be taking part in the Young Harts Writing Festival

YOUNG, ASPIRING playwrights will compete against their professional counterparts in an exciting theatre challenge next month.

A selection of talented youngsters have been chosen to battle it out against established writers at this year's Young Harts Writing Festival.

The Young Harts Writing Festival aims is to bridge the gap between the industry and new writers by bringing professional and young people together in a two day festival at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Several ten-minute plays will be performed each night, with five young writers competing against five professionals for the title of audience favourite. But there’s a twist: You won’t know the author of each play when you cast your vote.

The Theatre Festival is run by Young Harts Theatre Company - vibrant company that promotes drama and education for young people within the community run by Ann Akin.

THE WRIGHT STUFF: Actor and writer Arinze Kene

The festival is ethnically diverse but does have several, established black writers and actors on board. On the professional writing side will be Somalia Seaton Seaton and Youngers actor Arinze Kene who are both rising stars within the writing world.

The festival is being directed by Roy Alexander Weise of the Royal Court.

The Young Harts Writing Festival takes place April 8-9 at the Lyric Hammersmith.

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