Norwich based charity Colton’s Acre Trust has announced a competition for new writers based in Norfolk, entitled An Acre of Stories. This project is in association with the Young Norfolk Arts Trust and the National Centre for Writing.

Four writers will each be awarded a bursary of £1000 to create a new piece of theatre inspired by the life of 15th century merchant John Colton, founder of the Colton’s Acre Trust. They will also be mentored through the writing process by playwright and screenwriter Steve Waters.

The brief describes that: “Your interpretation can be contemporary, personal, based in fact or entirely fictitious, using John Colton as your inspiration. It might be the broad themes of his story that stir your imagination; or you might find inspiration in the detail.

The work can be a play, monologue, even a musical – there’s no restriction on format or genre as long as the piece can be performed live by a cast of no more than three, and lastsno longer than 15 minutes”.

The completed work will be staged by a professional cast at Norwich Arts Centre in November 2022.

The competition is seeking previously unpublished writers who are over 18 and live or work in Norfolk. It’s a fantastic opportunity for new writers looking to receive a professional credit in theatre or live performance.

An Acre of Stories is being produced by Collective member Ellie Robson. Design work by Aimee Hayward.