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Play written by Boston student makes final 10 of national competition

By Boston Target  |  Posted: June 01, 2012

BUDDING PLAYWRIGHT: Boston High School student Anna Slevin has made it into the final 10 in a national competition.

BUDDING PLAYWRIGHT: Boston High School student Anna Slevin has made it into the final 10 in a national competition.

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A SIXTH form student from Boston could soon see a play she has written performed at the Houses of Parliament after making the final stages of a prestigious competition.

Boston High School pupil Anna Slevin is one of just 10 students from across the country to have been shortlisted in the National Theatre's annual New Views play writing contest.

Open to 15 to 19 -year-olds, the competition saw hundreds of students from across the UK learn about play writing from top writers and then pen their own 30 minute plays.

Other finalists include pupils from some of the grandest schools in the country including Eton and St Olaves in Orpington.

Seventeen-year-old Anna's play, entitled Generation Lost, will be rehearsed by a professional cast at the National Theatre and if selected as the overall winner it will be staged in the unique setting of Westminster Hall at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday July 11.

The chosen work will also be performed at The Pop-up Workshop as part of National Theatre Inside Out on the South Bank in London on Thursday July 12 and Friday July 13.

Dr Jason Howard, Boston High School headteacher, told the Target: "Anna worked on her own initiative to produce a play that addresses a number of contemporary issues in a very powerful way.

"Students from some of the country's top schools have won through to the final so it's great to see a Boston High School student in a list that includes an Eton scholar."

Entries are now open for next year's competition and to take part log on to www.nationaltheatre.org.uk and follow the links.

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