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In April 2020 we launched Sofa2Stage, our project encouraging new writing. Absolutely no previous experience is required. Submissions are shortlisted by our reading panel before being cast, rehearsed, performed and recorded following social distancing rules and the wonders of technology. After being streamed online and voted on by the public, a Readers and Audience Choice is awarded.

Summer project: Monologues and Plays


Audience Award: The Bunker by Ethan Hamilton
Reader’s Choice Award: Wendy is recycling by Clare Shaw

Perfect for a swim by Neil Darcy-Jones
Home Schooling by Leah Holroyd
Pandemic Freedom by Tim Strugnell
Untitled Monologue by Hollie Baines

10-minute Plays

Audience Award: Not Ready Yet by Griff Scott
Reader’s Choice Award: Here Comes The Weekend by Toby Peecock

Behind Closed Doors by Rod Green
Bear With Me by James Potter
Tell Me No Secrets by David Quinney
The Social Distancing Experiment by Ben Maytham

Festive project: ‘Tis the season to be funny

Audience Choice: Wild Swimming by Lyn Chase
Readers’ Choice: The 2020 Morecambe & Wise Covid-Secure Christmas Show by Chris Brindle
The Little Tree by Wendy James
Christmas Presence by Tony Oswick
Do you want festive cinnamon on that? by John Worland

Thank you to all the writers, actors, directors, technicians, the panel of readers and anyone else involved in the projects.

You can view all the shortlisted entries on our YouTube channel.

Look out on our website and social media for details of future projects.