Rochdale’s budding playwright Radhiya

Rochdale’s budding playwright Radhiya

Published: 18th October 2018

Radhiya Jabed, 17 from Rochdale Sixth Form College wowed judges of Rochdale’s Literature and Ideas Festival after writing a 10 page script entitled “A Different Story of Rochdale.”

Radhiya’s play was awarded 2nd place in the playwriting competition at the festival and was the first ever script that she has written.  The play focused on how people her age feel about Rochdale, friendship and the community and it was important to Radhiya that it positioned Rochdale in a positive light.

As a budding playwright, Radhiya loves to read plays and remembers her surprise when she found herself laughing out loud to a stage performance of Shakespeare’s “Much ado about nothing”.  Radhiya hopes one day to follow in the footsteps of Russell T Davies from Doctor Who and become a professional script writer in the TV and film industry.

Currently studying for her English Literature, Maths and Computer Science A-Levels Radhiya said: “I was so pleased and shocked to do so well with my script and it’s really given me the confidence to continue with my screen writing aspirations.”

Radhiya has also been accepted into the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Young Company Writers Programme that she is attending once a week whilst also studying for her A-Levels.

Jack Lyons, Student Engagement and Involvement Coordinator at Rochdale Sixth Form College, said: “Radhiya has done exceptionally well and we’re delighted to see such passion and determination.  We will be watching her career with interest and are delighted to be part of her exciting journey.”

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