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Public invited to choose a winning play for production

By Calum MacLeod

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Performer Jill Connor.
Performer Jill Connor.

The public will have a final say on which aspiring author becomes a published playwright and sees their work performed by multimedia theatre company, The Grey Hill.

The company has been working with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) to encourage new talent and is now inviting the public to vote for their favourite script submitted by UHI students.

Video submissions from the five finalists can be viewed online with voting now open until Monday, May 17.

The Gray Hill Founder Barry Robertson said: "New writing is at the heart of our partnership with the University of the Highland and Islands. Through this script writing competition, we have had an opportunity to really connect with people in diverse geographical locations and we have found real emerging talent.

"It has been a pleasure to be able to support the students to developing their skills in creative writing, acting and performance and audio engineering. And, I am delighted to reveal the five finalists are Jane Bury, Sarah Hauck, Emily Newbold, Gracie Shearer and Issy Thompson.

"Their work really highlights the richness in stories and ideas that the region has to offer to the creative economy and wider community. Please do watch or listen to the performances and vote for your favourite story".

Each of the finalists' scripts, with settings ranging from the post-pandemic Highlands to 19th century America, has been performed by degree students studying drama and production at Inverness College UHI.

Among them was performer Jill Connor, who commented: "Getting an opportunity to work with both the playwright finalists and The Grey Hill was an unexpected whirlwind of activity during my studies in lockdown. Working on this remotely presented an opportunity to pack so much more into the experience.

"The whole process demonstrated to me how fast paced the industry can be and how rewarding it is to see the finished product. It has been a great experience to work with Grey Hill as performers we are all excited that audiences can now listen and watch our work."

To listen, watch and vote for your favourite play in the script writing competition, visit www.uhi.ac.uk/en/script-writing-competition or www.thegreyhill.com/scriptcomp

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