Year of Culture giving a helping hand to local play writing talent

Right from the get- go, the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 team wanted to create opportunities for as many people as possible to get involved and benefit from the Year of Culture celebrations, and generally nurture and raise the profile of culture and heritage in all its various forms throughout the Horsham District.

This week we take a look at writing and theatre.

Funded by the Year of Culture, locally based Pitchy Breath Theatre Company staged a playwriting competition called ‘What’s your story?’, inviting budding writers  to submit new short plays of up to 25 minutes in length based upon the theme of ‘past, present and future’.

Bradley Barlow, Artistic Director of Pitchy Breath Theatre Company, said: “From the future acid wars to an empty train platform, via writer’s block and an intergalactic space party, this year’s competition has brought us a truly brilliant selection of plays. We were overwhelmed with the quality of the plays submitted to us and we’re very excited to share them with our audiences.”

The six winning plays are now set to tour venues across the south east. They will be staged at Horsham’s Capitol on Saturday 9 November.

The winning play writers include the following:

Tash Collie, who impressed the judges with two of her plays being selected for performance. A Love-letter from the Time of Borderism to the Time of Nuclear Fallout looks at a couple approaching their wedding day preparing their speeches but who have their minds on bigger ideas. Gorgeous Like Something with Antlers takes the audience into the future and asks: if the love of your life begged for a second chance, would you take them back or stick with their best bits?

In Limbo from Gaëlle Stark-Ordish brings four estranged friends back together when a life-changing decision is made. Crawley-based Elodie Foray’s larger than life Small brings a star and a speck of dust to a party and invites the audience to watch as the pair work out if they can change the universe together.

A delayed train makes two women form an unlikely duo on an empty platform in Izzy Radford’s Stationary, with the competition’s only male winner Keir Gilbert-Halladey bringing us Block, in which the Ghosts of Writer’s Block Past, Present and Future visit a playwright battling with their latest creation.

Pitchy Breath are currently working with local directors to bring all six plays to life, with 13 performers from Crawley and Horsham impressing the directors in recent open auditions. For more than half the performers, this will be the first time they’ve performed with Pitchy Breath. 

Tickets( a mere snip at £13) are on sale now but selling fast. For more information or to book please click on the link: .

Details on further touring venues will be available soon at

About Pitchy Breath Theatre Company

Pitchy Breath is a theatre company formed in 1995 as part of Crawley Borough Council’s Community Theatre initiative and have grown to be a significant creative force in non-professional theatre in the region. Pitchy Breath create bold, limitless, new theatre – telling amazing stories unrestricted by convention, space or time. Pitchy Breath aims to nurture new writing talent and tell stories in innovative, provocative and fearless ways. Their theme is limitless possibility, putting experimentation at the centre of our process to gain fresh perspectives on old themes and inspire new thinking around stories yet untold. For more information about Pitchy Breath visit 

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