Libby (left) with the Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor June Hitchen and Roni Ellis form Salford Arts Theatre. Pic

A 16-year-old schoolgirl from Salford has won two awards for her debut play at this year’s Greater Manchester Fringe.

Libby Hall won Best Newcomer for Things We Tell the Hours After Midnight, whilst the cast from Salford Arts Theatre’s Young Performers Company, aged between 11 and 16, won Best Ensemble.

Libby was also awarded a prize in the New Writing category – a free place on a course on writing for the stage.

“There are no words to explain what I feel after winning Best Newcomer and Best Ensemble at the Greater Manchester Fringe awards,” said Libby.

“I’m so over overwhelmed with emotions. I’m delighted for the cast receiving Best Ensemble, I’ve watched them work tirelessly to bring my script to life and I’m absolutely buzzing they’ve been recognised for the brilliant job they all did. I’m very grateful.”

Inspired by Shelagh Delaney, who was just 19 when her first play A Taste of Honey was performed, Libby wrote and performed a monologue on feminism and women’s place in theatre last year. But this was her first full-length play.

Roni Ellis, who manages Salford Arts Theatre and the young theatre company, said: “From the beginning of the process I knew this was play was going to be something special. Libby has a gift and I am honoured to be a part of that. Her debut play proves her writing is special.

“I can’t wait to see what is next because this is not going to be the last we see of Libby and her writing.”

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