Awards night at theatre

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.The South Waikato looks set to have some great stage pro­duc­tions com­ing up if the Tokoroa Lit­tle Theatre’s Play­write’16 script writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion is any­thing to go by.

The com­pe­ti­tion saw en­tries of eight one act plays from six au­thors and five judges from the South Waikato were asked to read, score and com­ment on each, with scores then tal­lied to de­ter­mine com­pe­ti­tion plac­ings.

Tokoroa Lit­tle Theatre sec­re­tary and judge Iris Men­zies said she was im­pressed by the level of tal­ent.

‘‘There was a good mix of au­thors en­tered from across the dis­trict and their plays had some very in­ter­est­ing themes and ideas. I can’t wait to see how some of the pieces look on stage,’’ she said.

An award evening was held at the theatre where cer­tifi­cates and cash prizes were pre­sented to the suc­cess­ful writ­ers.

Pu­taruru au­thor Steve Hill en­tered three scripts with first prize go­ing to his play en­ti­tled ‘‘Un­spo­ken’’ and third prize for his ‘‘Vis­it­ing Hours’’.

Tokoroa’s Graham Lauder took sec­ond place with his play ‘‘Caged’’.

Two en­tries were re­ceived in the Youth cat­e­gory. ‘‘Best Laid Plans’’ by Me­lanie Al­li­son from Pu­taruru placed first with ‘‘Take Me Down’’ by Navpreet Kaur from Tokoroa plac­ing sec­ond.

Au­di­ences should have an op­por­tu­nity to see some of the plays staged next year.

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