State Theatre Company has announced Alfie Simpson and Lucy Haas-Hennessy as the winners of the Young Guns playwrighting competition for 2010.

Alfie, 20, wrote Phoenix Song which tells the story of a deeply stressed schoolgirl who makes her way to the top of a building with thoughts of ending her life, however, she quickly discovers she’s not alone.

Lucy, 19, wrote Counting Sheep, set in the “very near” future when a drug is discovered that rids humankind of the need to sleep, and the impact this has on one particular man.

Two other entrants were commended – Callum McLean, 16, for Call Me Lolita and Mandy Suggett, 20, for The Price of Life.

The winners were decided by a panel of judges including State Theatre Company Education Manager Robyn Brookes, Artistic Program Manager Shelley Lush and Associate Director Geordie Brookman.

“Amongst a very group of very high quality entrants Alfie and Lucy’s entries stood out thanks to their stylistic flair, their dark humour and their innate sense of theatricality. It’s wonderful to see that we have so many talented young writers in South Australia,” Geordie said.

Both Alfie and Lucy have won a Nintendo Wii and a State Theatre Company four play Red Carpet youth subscription, as well as a week’s dramturgy with Geordie, culminating in a staged reading by professional actors on Thursday 27 May at 1:30pm in the Space Theatre.

This reading is open to the general public and school groups - please phone State Theatre Company on 08 8231 5151 to confirm attendance.

State Theatre Company supports aspiring young playwrights through the Young Guns competition, which is in its eleventh year. All scripts are the original work of the South Australian writers, and have not been previously published or performed.

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