Pupil wins Playwriting Competition

The Bancroft competition, set up in 1999 in memory of former College teacher Donald Bancroft, gives Lancing pupils the opportunity to showcase their talent in different areas of the performing arts.

The College's Drama Department hosts a wealth of plays and performances every year. Since joining Lancing, I always looked forward to watching the winning plays of the Donald Bancroft One-Act Play competition. All the past winners had explored various genres and themes, and all were truly compelling. So I was delighted to win in 2021-22, knowing that my play would be associated with such a coveted title.

At its heart my play Hum4n was about feeling alienated: something which resonated deeply with me and I’m sure with many others, especially due to the isolation caused by the pandemic. I soon realised that the challenge of taking the play from page to stage required teamwork. After writing the play alone, I needed help and support to develop the skills needed for casting, set design, and directing. Thus Mr Chandler, the College's Theatre Manager, and fellow pupil Bradley K provided invaluable help, creating the set and lighting to echo a claustrophobic, isolating atmosphere. However, the production would not have been possible without the incredible dedication and talent of my fantastic cast.

As this was my first time directing a play, I found it such a fulfilling experience to watch my company develop their characters throughout the rehearsal period. A big thank you to everyone involved – Lancing College has made this experience a dream come true. The award continues to inspire and fuel the minds of young writers. I will be forever proud to say that I had written and directed the Bancroft One-Act Play of 2021/22!

Theo C, Lower Sixth

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