An eight-year-old aspiring playwright will see her work brought to life by professional actors.
The Write Here, Write Now contest challenged young writers to come up with another scene for the hit show Matilda the Musical.
As one of eight shortlisted winners, Isabella Thomas gets to watch her scene being performed by the show’s cast at the Cambridge Theatre on June 11.
Her class and teachers from St Mary’s Primary School in Normandy, Horsham, will join her for the big day, and stay on to see the show that evening.
Isabella told the County Times that Roald Dahl’s Matilda is her favourite book and she loves Matilda the Musical, which she has seen three times.
The contest called for her to add a new character for Matilda’s first day at school.
True to Roald Dahl’s storytelling style, the scene shows the newcomer Felicity innocently provoking the dreadful Miss Trunchbull into being the agent of her own undoing.
Isabella’s mum Emma said: “The prize was the most brilliant prize she could imagine, apart from being cast in the show, and she knew the story and musical well enough to think she could come up with something suitable.
“She spent a lot of time planning and working out her storyline and even more time deciding on a name for her character.”
The Royal Shakespeare Company received more than 200 entries from across the UK, with show creators Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin helping to choose the final shortlist.