National acclaim for budding playwright

Sophie Duckmanton
Sophie Duckmanton

A budding young scribe from Fulbeck Heath has seen her play chosen as the joint 
winner of a National Theatre playwriting competition.

Phoebe Duckmanton’s drama Dissonant beat tough competition from 300 other plays to be chosen as joint winner.

The pupil of Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy will now see a full production of her play performed at the National Theatre from July 9-10.

Dissonant centres around Robert Varney, an ex-soldier with issues that have caused a strain on his relationship with his sister, Ruby.

Robert is angry and hurt, and has lost more than his sister can comprehend. The play also follows a medic, Simon Eldridge.

Academy staff were delighted when they heard 17-year-old Phoebe’s play had been chosen.

They also praised year 10 pupil Katie Mountford, whose play made the shortlist of just nine.

The winning plays were chosen by a panel of judges, including NT deputy artistic director Ben Power, director Lyndsey Turner and playwright April de Angelis.

Ben Power said: “The imagination, theatrical verve and the sheer quality of the writing was astonishing and we felt like we were glimpsing the future of theatre writing.

“In the end, we couldn’t pick a single winner and are delighted and proud that these two exceptional plays will share the prize.”