The play's the thing for award-winning Charlotte Croft
ASPIRING writer Charlotte Croft is celebrating after winning an award in an international competition.
The Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition aims to find the best scripts to be performed and watched by young people.
Charlotte, 15, was among hundreds of people from around the world who entered. She was named Most Promising Young Playwright in the Plays Suitable for Teenage Audiences under 16s category.
Her one-act play Mark Me, an adaptation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, will now be published in a book alongside the other winners.
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"I didn't expect this at all," said Charlotte, who lives in Sherwood.
"My English teacher suggested that I entered instead of doing English coursework that I had already completed because they give written feedback and I just thought that would be a good thing for me to have.
"I was in shock for a long time when I found out I'd actually won but now I'm really excited and proud. I think it's an interesting thing to have done and I'm glad I was persuaded to do it."
Charlotte was one of three entrants aged under 16 who were given the Most Promising Young Playwright title.
She has been invited to travel to London to attend the first International Festival of Playwriting and Performance at the Unicorn Theatre on January 18 and 19.
Her play was inspired by the concept Shakespeare used in Hamlet of a play within a play. Mark Me adds a third level to the original script, telling the story of actors who died while performing Hamlet. After their death they could not rest, searching for a final cast member so they could perform the play one last time and find peace.
Charlotte, who attends Bluecoat Academy, in Aspley Lane, Aspley, said: "I love the idea of Hamlet in that it's a play within a play so I thought I could play around with that and see if there was a way of adding a third play to it.
"It was a lot of work but it was worth it in the end."
Charlotte, who will also receive a cheque for £100, was supported in the competition by her teachers, including literacy co-ordinator Abi McGowan.
She hopes this competition is just the start of her writing career and plans to study English Literature at university when she has completed her A-levels.
Mrs McGowan said: "We are immensely proud of Charlotte, she has worked independently to produce a mature and insightful script which showcases her incredible skills and enthusiasm for creative writing.
"Mark Me is a unique idea and it's full of suspense and mystery. Everyone who has been involved with this venture considers it a privilege to work with Charlotte."
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