Student's play writing success in national competition

Xiang Lin (L) and his certificate after he was long-listed as part of the National Theatre's annual playwrighting competition

Xiang Lin (L) and his certificate after he was long-listed as part of the National Theatre's annual playwrighting competition. Literacy lead at Marshland High School, Joe Clark (R), is pictured with Xiang. - Credit: Marshland High School

A young playwright is experiencing a taste of London’s top stages after his work was recognised by judges at the National Theatre.  

Marshland High School student, Xiang Lin, of Wisbech was long-listed as part of the theatre’s annual playwrighting competition for young enthusiasts aged 14 to 19. 

Literacy lead at the school, Joe Clark, said: “It was fabulous news that Xiang’s work had made it that far in this prestigious competition. 

“It’s a huge achievement and we are all incredibly proud of him.” 

Xiang’s play, Musically Inflicted, was chosen from a total of 400 entries from 74 schools and colleges. 

He is hoping to have a musical future after learning to play both the guitar and the piano. 

“I really wasn’t expecting it,” said Xiang. 

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“Writing is something I would like to do, but when I leave school, I want to pursue a career in music if I can."