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Monday, July 16, 2012

Schoolgirl's play to be staged at Westminster Hall

A play written by a 17-year-old schoolgirl is to be performed in the Parliamentary setting of Westminster Hall .

Londoner Tosin Omosebi won the National Theatre's New Views playwriting competition for her 30-minute one act play, Re-Write.

It will be the first time a play has ever been staged in the 900-year-old building.

The drama will also be performed at the National Theatre on 12 and 13 July.

Performed by professional actors, Re-Write is an absurdist dark comedy set in a psychiatric hospital -- (an odd setting, considering that Westminster Hall is traditionally used for such solemn rituals as coronations).

The A-level student from Southall told the BBC she was in shock when she found out she had won the contest, beating more than 170 other entries.

"I didn't believe my teacher at first," she told the BBC. "I kept thinking that maybe they were going to call back or send her an email and say, 'sorry we've made a mistake.'"

Read the full BBC story

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