To celebrate International Human Rights Day and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we present the Winning Play from the Protect The Human playwriting competition.

Out of three finalists, listed below, selected from over 125 scripts, one play will be picked as the winner of the 2008 competition. This play will be announced on 9 December and will receive a rehearsed reading, directed by William Bowry, at The REP on 10 December.

There’s Loads Of Them In Burnley, Thais
by Anna Clarkson
Mae has never eaten a ready meal, been to TK Maxx or tasted mushy peas and Graham Fairclough has only got six weeks to teach her. But with ex-wife and landlady of The Clog and Rocket, Marie, offering up some home truths he might not even have that long.

After The Accident
by Julian Armistead
The house was where they – Petra, Jimmy and Charley – were going to be happy, then Leon broke through the security gates taking their happiness with him. Four years later they have the chance to meet face to face, confronting what’s been hidden for so long behind locked doors.

by Dominic Leggett
Beth’s got the house ready for Ray’s return from war. But his arrival brings more than just dirty washing and there are some stains that no amount of scrubbing can remove.

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