Sunday, 12 January 2014


Calling all writers with an interest in The Beatles and the Mersey Music Scene of the 60s. The Ticket to Write playwriting contest is now open for entries for the third year when the selected plays will be performed at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre on July 15 and 16. The 2014 Festival has two new exciting changes:
  • Plays need not just have themes on The Beatles – they can include the wider Mersey Music scene of the 60s
  • Plays entered should now be one-act 40 – 45 minute dramas rather than 15 minute offerings.
“We are still expecting a lot of entries to feature The Beatles but we feel the whole Mersey music scene of that period was very important,” said Jamie Gaskin, Festival Director.

“We believe that longer plays will give writers a chance to develop wider topics and develop characters more,” he added.

 As usual the plays can be about the people, stories inspired by songs and song-titles or any genuine connection with The Beatles or the Mersey Scene of that period.

The winner gets a tasty £150 and it costs £20 to enter. Entries must be in by Friday April 18.

All plays will be assessed anonymously by a theatre professional and three will go forward to be performed on both nights of the final when the audience vote will count towards the final result.

“All entries will receive a considered written critique from the assessor who will receive £10 of the entry fee,” explained Jamie.

Also The Festival has a new Artistic Director, Liverpool-based Martin Henshell.

Martin trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama and has performed in theatre, film, commercials and television for companies including the BBC and ITV. His work has been produced professionally in the UK and North America.

He has directed plays in London, Liverpool and Edinburgh where his production of his own play “Bitches & Money” was nominated for “Best Ensemble” by The Stage newspaper at their annual awards. His short film “Scratch” was shortlisted by Liverpool Film Night following a screening at FACT.

For full details about the contest go to

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