Year 11 Student Kiera Grierson was this year awarded the honour of having her original play presented on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre, making her the youngest ever playwright to have their work performed on this stage!
Between November and April, students from the Academy took part in National Theatre’s playwriting programme, New Views. They worked with a professional playwright Christopher William-Hill to develop their own play as well as their own voice.
The plays developed by students went through a rigorous process where a longlist, and then shortlist, were generated and eventually a winner chosen. Congratulations to Keira Grierson on winning the New Views competition! Over 450 plays were submitted this year, and to win is a phenomenal achievement.
As the winning entry, Kiera’s play was performed at the National Theatre on the Olivier stage. A spokesperson for the National Theatre said at the time of winning being announced:
“I wanted to send my huge congratulations on behalf of the National Theatre for Keira Grierson's incredible achievement in winning this year's New Views national playwriting competition. To have been selected out of almost 500 entries is a tremendous achievement and a huge testament to Keira's talent and the support she's received from Miss Killeen and your school community.
We are delighted to be presenting this in our prestigious Olivier Theatre (and I've been advised that Keira is officially the youngest writer to have her work presented in the Olivier!), directed by critically acclaimed theatre director Ian Rickson.”
At the performance Kiera took part in a Q&A where she spoke about her experience of being part of the process. Ms Killeen, who worked with students throughout the process, went to watch Kiera’s play being read at the National Theatre and commented that she received rave reviews and a standing ovation.