'I Capture Watford' writing competition launched to celebrate I Capture the Castle, a new British musical based on the novel by Dodie Smith

'I Capture Watford' writing competition launched to celebrate I Capture the Castle, a new British musical based on the novel by Dodie Smith

23 February 2017

To celebrate Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle debuting on Watford Palace Theatre’s stage this Spring, we are launching our ‘I Capture Watford’ writing competition.

 “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink…” – opening line to I Capture the Castle

Diary-writing and capturing a sense of time and place is central to I Capture the Castle. Cassie is 17. She is trying to ‘capture’ her eccentric family in her new diary - her irritating elder sister Rose, her unconventional stepmother Topaz, her orphaned admirer Stephen, and her novelist father James, who hasn’t written a word in years.  They are behind with the rent for the tumbledown castle that seemed so romantic when they moved in. The roof is leaking, it never stops raining and the family is surviving on oatcakes and eggs. 

What is peculiar or unique about Watford? We want to hear about your connections to Watford. Tell us a fond memory or a unique present day account of your town in 300 words or less. We want to hear from people who have lived, worked, known and loved Watford so that we can capture what the town means to us all.

The three age categories for entrants are:

The production of I Capture the Castle runs 31st March – 22nd April on the Palace stage.

The winner in each category will win four tickets to a performance of their choice. Winners will be announced online on Friday 17th March.

You can submit your entries by email, by hand, via Twitter or Instagram, or even as a video blog. 

#ICaptureWatford

Send us your entries or hand in your submission to Watford Palace Theatre box office by Friday 10th March. Please remember to put your name, age and also provide a contact number/email address.

By email to: competitions@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

By post to: c/o Participation Department, Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 1JZ