A SALISBURY playwright has been selected for a prestigious national writing program, which will enable more of her work to reach the West End stage.

Jayne Woodhouse began her writing career as a children’s author, and has been composing plays for the past four years.

After her sold-out performance in London’s West End of latest work, Classified, earlier this year, Jayne has been selected for the Criterion Theatre New Writing Programme in 2020, led by writer and script consultant, Greg Mosse.

Following her experience and success in Fringe venues, as well as the launch of her own drama group Loosely Based Theatre Company, Jayne said to write for bigger stages and audiences was “the next step” for her.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to have been selected for the programme.

“It’s a great honour to have been chosen from so many strong applicants. I feel it’s given me the confidence I need to take the next step forward in my writing.”

When asked what she is looking forward to about the workshops, Jayne said: “The Criterion Theatre is a wonderful building in the heart of the West End. I know it will be inspirational just to be in that setting and on that stage, where the programme takes place.

“I’ve always hoped that this is something I might be able to achieve, although, at times, it has seemed like a very distant dream! So now I have the best opportunity to make this happen and I’m certainly going to make the most of every minute.”