Drew strikes gold in new playwrights festival

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Playwright Drew Biggin is thanking his lucky stars that he switched from writing for the screen to writing for the stage.

The former freelance astrologer struck gold in his first attempt at the annual New Playwrights Festival, hosted by Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre.

Festival winner Drew scooped £500 in the final where the result was decided for the first time by the audience and guest judge, Louise Page.

Drew, who lives in Mosborough and will be 32 on Sunday, said: “I didn’t expect to win. I have never seen anything I have done performed live and my only intention was to come to watch it.

“It was amazing the way the actors performed it; it sounds cliched, but it was exactly like I saw it in my head.”

His play was up against compositions by Eckington School pupil Alice Bell, who is 16 and lives in Chesterfield, and Tina Jay, a drama teacher at a school near Nottingham, in Saturday night’s final.

The finalists were chosen by spectators and festival judge over the preceding three nights of the festival.

Full report: see the Derbyshire Times.