Scratch Night at Riverhead Theatre in Louth this weekend

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On Saturday September 6, the Louth Playgoers are putting on the highly-anticipated return of Scratch Night, in partnership with Hambledon Productions.

The event, which begins at 7.30pm at Louth’s Riverhead Theatre, will be a lively, interactive and entertaining social occasion where extracts from a selection of brand new scripts will be performed, and the audience get the opportunity to vote for their favourite piece to be developed into a full-length play by the society next year.

Last year’s winning play ‘Miscreation’ was a broad dystopian comedy written by first-time playwright Dan Christmas and performed to sell-out audiences in July.

Dan said: “All the course participants wrote a short scene, 10-15 minutes long, to be performed by actors in front of a live audience. I think I can safely say this was thrilling for all of us - when would you ever get that opportunity?

“The scene I wrote was on last, but I didn’t feel nervous at all until about five seconds before it started. But it’s brilliant to hear the lines you’ve written being performed.”

Seven previously unperformed extracts will be laid bare to the audience, loosely directed by the course leader John Hewer who said: “This is such a unique and exciting project for me.

“When I was growing up in the area, this sort of golden opportunity just wasn’t around, but now, thanks to the support of the theatre, a new local writer will be discovered and the public get to choose who it’s going to be.”

Tickets for Scratch Night are available on 01507 600350 (open Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm) or online at www.louthplaygoers.com. The bar will be open from 7pm, and all tickets are £2 each.