NODA NE Member Award Winning Playwright


NODA NE member, Keith Burton, from Pateley Bridge, has been chosen to receive this year’s Geoffrey Whitworth Award for the best play in Britain written by an amateur writer. And his success is doubly rewarding, as he will be presented with his award in front of a home crowd because the awards ceremony is taking place in Harrogate. The 2019 British Final of One-Act Plays is being held on the evenings of 5th and 6th July at Harrogate Theatre. It is one of the most prestigious amateur drama events in the land featuring the champions of national festivals run by the All-England Theatre Festival, the Drama Association of Wales, the Scottish Community Drama Association and the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals. The Geoffrey Whitworth Cup is the final award of the night and guarantees a publishing contract for the writer.
Keith’s winning script is his play ‘A Penny for Them’ which Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society performed in this year’s All-England Theatre Festival.
Keith said: “This caps-off a great first half of the year following the publication of one of my other plays ‘On False Premises’ which was a finalist in this year’s Tennessee Williams One Act Play Festival. And Harrogate is so much nearer than New Orleans!”
All of Keith’s plays can be found at