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03 Jul 2007

OU Student scoops First Prize at Drama Festivals in the East of England

Lindsay McAuley

Lindsay McAuley

An Open University student who successfully completed two of the University’s short creative writing courses has put her studies to good use by winning the prize for Best New Play at the Cambridge Drama Festival and more recently, the Audience Appreciation Award and Best New Play Award at the Haverhill One Act Drama Festival. The play will be performed again at the Hunstanton Drama Festival on Sunday 8th July.

Lindsey McAuley , who lives in Cambridge, first studied Start Writing Fiction (A174) then went on to study the Start Writing Plays (A176) course. As a result, she developed her final playwriting assignment into a one act play – ‘Brittle Women’. The bittersweet comedy was performed at both the Festivals by the Stretham Players and was directed by Richard Purkiss.

Lindsey was naturally delighted with her success: “I really enjoyed both courses and my play grew out of the short assignments that were part of the Start Writing Plays course. I am now contemplating my next one-act play and formulating some ideas for a full length play.”

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