Thursday, 22 October 2015


Winner: Patrick Maguire
A Young Merseyside writer has beaten two seasoned dramatists to win £150 in the Ticket to Write international Beatles-themed play festival.

Patrick Maguire from Litherland’s play You Are Lennon took the honours against Stalking The Beatles by Maureen Brady Johnson from Oberlin, Ohio and Face in a Jar entered by Rob Taylor from London.

The three one-act plays, staged at Unity Theatre, Liverpool, on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October, were judged by theatre professionals Ian Kellgren and Clare Dow with the audience from both nights making a third judge.

“It was just really great to see the play staged,” said a delighted Patrick after the result was announced on Saturday.

Patrick graduated from The Young Writers Course hosted by The Everyman and Playhouse Theatres in June 2014 and was  a semi-finalist of Ticket to Write’s maiden festival.

“All the plays were warmly applauded by the audience and I’m always humbled by the effort put in by the teams,” said producer Jamie Gaskin from Southport, who devised the event.

Over its four years the Ticket to Write Festival has attracted nearly 80 plays about Liverpool’s favourite sons. 

More details about the event and the people involved at

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