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Hilary Mackelden is a British playwright with more than 30 full length scripts to her name. Born in Coventry, she has lived all her adult life in the beautiful rural county of Sussex.

Hilary started writing at the age of eight, but didn’t try writing scripts until 2002 when asked to provide a new version of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” for a community group at All Saints Church in Crowborough. The play was licensed by the CS Lewis Estate, and was hailed as a huge success.

It was followed in 2004 by another community play, “The Pilgrim’s Progress”, a modernised version of the classic novel by John Bunyan.

2004 saw her first published play when “If We Had Only Known” was bought by Eldridge Publishing in the USA. It was also in that year that she won the Sussex Playwright’s National Open Playwriting Award for “Sammy”, the story of a couple struggling to cope with a child with Prader Willi Syndrome.

In 2007, her play, “The Price of Firewood” was entered for the Verity Bargate Award. Nina Steiger, Head of New Writing at the Soho Theatre, called the play, “well structured, politically engaging and quietly effective.”

Since then, Hilary has written some thirty stage plays, including family friendly pantomimes, Christian plays ranging from three character pieces to full blown community drama, and secular scripts such as “Volunteers” and “Ashdown Lee”.¬† Other works include sketches and skits, and screenplays.

Please feel free to browse the site and see more of her work.

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