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Stafford teenager's international playwright award

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

By Gail Atkinson

Stafford teenager's international playwright award

Sam Simkin won an award for his work

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A GNOSALL teenager has won an international playwriting award.

Sam Simkin scooped the Most Promising Young Playwright in the Trinity College International Playwriting Competition for his play When Darkness Falls.

The talented youngster is part of Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre (SGYT), joining in 2012 after taking part in the Gatehouse summer school production of Peter Pan.

Trinity College received hundreds of entries from 25 countries and Sam’s play When Darkness Falls won in the Plays for Teenage Audiences category.

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The play deals with issues including homelessness and murder, mixed with dark comedy.

“I’m in the middle of that age category so I thought if I understood what I was writing about then others in my age group would too,” said Sam.

“Teenagers can handle difficult issues and need to know about them and I think when you write with an overlaying theme of comedy it is easier to deal with those issues”

Richard Poynton, SGYT spokesman said: :“Sam has always shown a creative flair in SGYT sessions, not only in his acting of scripted pieces, but also in devising and improvising. His creativity and inventiveness really shines through and he has a real knack at developing strong characters and an excellent sense of comic timing.

“It is no surprise to me that he has been able to transfer these skills to the page to develop as a playwright. I'm thrilled that Sam has been given this prestigious award, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.”

Sam’s plans for the future are to continue writing new plays whilst studying at Birmingham Ormiston Academy and performing with SGYT and Musical Youth Theatre Stafford.

Sam will be performing in the Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre production of Alice By Heart, which will be performed at The Met Studio for four nights from Wednesday, June 4.

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