A father of three from Croxley Green has been recognised with a prestigious award for his writing, winning Best Script at the Short and Sweet Festival in Dubai.
Chris McDermott, who has been a headteacher most of his life, was selected by judges as the best script writer out of more than 100 entries at the Short and Sweet play festival series.
Chris’ play, Drip! Drip! It Won’t Turn Off reached the Gala Final with 11 other plays. He flew over to Dubai for the Gala Final at the end of March and was delighted when the judges decided that his script was the Best Script in the whole competition.
Chris told CroxleyNews: ‘My reaction when the result was announced was that I was in a state of shock. I still cannot quite believe it, if I am honest, as there were so many plays from around the world of such a high standard. I am so grateful to my great actors and to the judges who voted for the script. If I have one message it is that it is so important to keep giving of you best in all that you do. You never know what good fortune may come your way.”
As well as being an experienced headteacher, Chris has built a successful play-writing business. His plays, and those of his father, John, are written so that local communities, such as schools, can come together to raise funds. To date there have been nearly 1,000 performances of Chris and his father’s plays. He is also a governor Little Green Junior School and a member of the Watford Writers group.