Galloway writer bids for award

A Galloway playwright is in the running for a top award.

Alison Caldwell is one of two writers who are vying to be the first ever winner of the Rowan Tree national playwriting competition

The judging takes place tomorrow (Thursday, May 23) when the audience at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles will become part of the panel helping to decide the winner of the inaugural Rowan Tree contest.

Excerpts from two plays, shortlisted from an initial entry of more than 20 scripts, will be performed in front of an audience for the first time in a rehearsed reading by three professional actors. The plays are “Spoon” by Duncan Kidd from Pitlochry area and “Justified” by Alison.

The original competition brief called for plays which told a contemporary story, explored the idea of borders and incorporated music.

Alison’s Justified is part ghost story, part tragi-comedy and a whole lot of fun involving an Edinburgh academic, a small-time chancer, a spooked teenager and sheep.

Spoon is a tale of border crossings made for very different reasons as the title character sits on a dyke with a wedding dress in her rucksack.

Rowan Tree Theatre Company was established more than 20 years ago to bring high quality professional touring theatre to the Borders. The company has its own distinct style of intimate performances in small venues.

The winner will be awarded £1500, the opportunity to continue to work with a professional director and actors to fully develop their play and a tour of the finished production.

Justified and Spoon will be performed at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 (free for schoolchildren) and available from the box office on 01721 725777.