The Jack Studio is thrilled to announce the winners of their Write Now 3 playwriting competition, which have been running for the past two weeks. The winners are Emoticon, by Melissa Bubnic, a darkly comic play about the eternal search for sex and validation; Skin Head, by Jessica Brown, a challenging new play about the way we live and the way we let go; and Borderland, by Carol Vine, about survival in a post-reform urban estate. OneStopArts has already reviewed Emoticon, and is excited to be covering Skin Head and Borderland as well.

The Write Now Festival, now in its third year, is a new writing festival run by the Jack Studio Theatre. In July 2011, they asked writers with a connection to south east London to submit previously unperformed plays to the theatre. Chosen from over 80 submissions, the three plays are having their first fully staged performances in April 2012. Accompanying the plays will be a series of workshops, play readings and discussions with professional practitioners and playwrights.

Borderland is set in the near future around a desolate urban estate and a group of characters struggle to survive and escape a landscape that has been laid waste by political reforms. Lucy raids the empty flats in a sprawling sink estate for leftovers following the relocation of the residents. Darren finds himself abandoned by the country he fought for and his home stripped of services, money and opportunity. Tray will do anything to survive. As the place disintegrates into violence and neglect, Lucy and Darren are drawn deeper into a world that threatens to destroy them before they can leave.

Borderland is written by Carol Vine. She lives in East Dulwich, and trained at Rose Bruford. Her first screenplay was short-listed for BBC Talent. Her most recent play Rigor Mortis was one of the three runners up for the Papatango New Writing Festival, and performed at the Finborough Theatre. Borderland was also short-listed for the Kings Cross Award.

This exciting piece of new writing is directed by Kate Bannister will premiere on the 24th of April and run until the 28th, with evening shows at 19:45 and a Saturday matinee at 16:00. Tickets are £12/£10, and the show does contain very strong language which may offend.