Winner of Witness for the Prosecution story writing competition for secondary school students announced

The winner of a prestigious story writing competition for secondary school students to celebrate 2,000 performances of Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall – and a record-breaking 12 months for the production playing to 98% capacity – has been revealed.

Budding authors in Years 7-9 were invited to write a short thriller of up to 2,000 words inspired by Witness for the Prosecution for the chance to win tickets for their class to see the theatre production at County Hall. 

World renowned author Kate Mosse and Agatha Christie’s great grandson James Prichard are delighted to announce Year 7 student Leo Weekes from King’s School in Winchester as the winner for his story The Handshake.  

Leo Weekes
Leo Weekes

Leo said: “I love reading murder mystery stories and have wanted to try writing one of my own.  I have recently gotten into listening to true crime podcasts.”

Mosse said: “We loved The Handshake for its clever plotting, for its sense of atmosphere and place, its satisfying final twist – it’s a wonderful tribute to the great Agatha Christie.”

Leo and his classmates can now enjoy the reward of going to see the performance of Witness for the Prosecution at London’s historic County Hall on the South Bank. 

This production was inspired by the case of Leonard Vole, accused of murder in cold blood.

Witness for the Prosecution gives audiences the unique and rare experience to step inside the historic London County Hall in the heart of the capital.

Featured images courtesy of Sam Barker, with thanks

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