Playwriting Competition



The LHF continues to support new writing and provide a platform for emerging talent in the horror theatre scene with their annual playwriting competition.

In 2019 we were looking for scripts which promote Queer Horror in the aims of supporting the increased representation of LGBTQIA+ writers and characters in the horror industry.

To apply you had to either be a playwright who identifies as LGBTQIA+ or have a protagonist or multiple leading characters who identify as LGBTQIA+.

2019's winner was GREY WIDOW by Lady Aria Grey!

Recently widowed and wracked with regret, Lady Aria Grey returns to the church for guidance. But even as she tries to wash away her sins, those very sins come back to haunt her in the form of her dead husband’s ghost. What follows is a crepuscular clash between living, dead, woman, and man, as Lady Aria fights the demons within and without her.


About Lady Aria Grey:

Lady Aria Grey is an award-winning writer, drag queen, and comedienne. She writes scripts, plays, short erotic stories, and standup comedy, and is willing to write and/or perform any or all of those in exchange for money or eternal youth. Her hobbies include wine, marriage, vampirism, and wine.


"It was so delicious being part of the London Horror Festival-I've never been to a festival quite like it. Everyone was so lovely and welcoming, and yet the things they were putting on stage were so horrifying and soul-squelching. Such a beautiful juxtaposition. I laughed, I cried and most importantly, I screamed!"

The show was performed as a rehearsed reading by Danse Macabre Productions on the 25th October 2019 at 7.15pm at the Pleasance Theatre.


Danse Macabre Productions are a Les Enfants Terrible Award-Nominated Theatre Company who tell tales of ‘bloody tongue in cheek’ humour, horror and fantasy. Their work can be viewed here:  and you can keep up to date with their latest projects on Twitter @danseofdeath


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