Playwright winners

PUBLISHED: 17:21 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 12 August 2010

WINNERS of a playwrighting competition have been announced.

WINNERS of a playwrighting competition have been announced.

Ben Hales and Ali Taylor were named as the winning playwrights in the Metamorphosis 08 competition at The Churchill theatre, Bromley, last Saturday.

They will now have the chance to see their work professionally performed on stage at the Bromley theatre and received a £4,000 commission fee each.

Mr Hales, 34, from Lewisham was selected by judges for his play In Parenthesis, about three rock climbers who, after falling off a mountain to be suspended in mid-air, reflect on their lives.

Songwriter and musician, Mr Hales had never written a full-length play before.

He said: "I would never have even written a play if it weren't for Metamorphosis 08.

"How many playwrights do you see coming from Lewisham? I don't think it's sunk in properly yet!"

Former Greenwich resident Mr Taylor, 30, was also selected for his entry Overspill - a play that explores what happens when a night out in Bromley for three men goes horribly wrong.

Funded by a £77,000 grant from the Arts Council England, Metamorphosis 08 was devised to encourage new writing from Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham.

Some 50 entries were received in total and six finalists shortlisted last month.

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