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New book celebrates decade of Windsor Fringe Award

New book celebrates decade of Windsor Fringe Award

Francis Batt

New book celebrates decade of Windsor Fringe Award

A whole decade of brilliant new plays 'unveiled' at Windsor Fringe Festival is being commemorated in a new book.

This year's finalists Vivienne Allen, Monica Spill and Jackie Carreira

 

The fringe committee is publishing the book at the end of the month. It will include the scripts of all the winning plays over the 10 years the Windsor Fringe Award for drama writing has been in existence - complete with biogs and updates on the authors and the whole gallery of talented judges and directors. It will be available through Facebook and the website.

Enthusiastic audiences pack Windsor's Firestation art centre over the three nights this year's three finalists' plays were performed on the fringe's last weekend Thursday and Saturday, October 3 to 5.

A record 307 plays from 20 countries had been whittled down.

The winner was Solitude, written by 22-year-old Monica Spill from Surrey - chosen by judges author Fay Weldon and theatre director Pete Gallagher and announced on the Saturday night. It was a powerful study of loneliness, following a beautiful young woman from life as the mistress of a married man to being an abandoned elderly recluse 40 years later.

Committe member Ann Trewartha said: "We had a brilliant Fringe. The Africa Entsha a capella group from Soweto at All Saints Church, Dedworth, Esta and the Jazz Hothouse at Alma Road Social Club both sold out.

The retrospective of the Ricky Tick club brought all the 1960s jazz fanatics to the library.

"We had the woodland walk, photography, singer songwriters at the Baptist Church, magic and mentalism, literature and comedy. While our open sessions at artists' houses had record visitors."

Ann was one of the artists. She opened up her home to people who wanted to see her paintings on silk and hand dyed silk scarves.

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