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After a Summer of hard play in Southend…

The Cat and Karlos. Drawing made by Rowan at Southend High School for Girls Centenary Fair.

Do Southenders have the imagination, insights and local knowledge to make this town thrive?

We know they do!

People have come together since the Spring ’13 to experiment, play, imagine and debate the future of this town. They have helped to shape the process too. We are starting to see shared visions (of utopia and catastrophe), full of local flavour alongside ideas for ingenious local ventures that could make life work better for more people in the neighbourhood.

NOW the new game release is out… if you like thinking about how to change the world, drawing, gaming or inventing Play Southend is for you!

You can make and play brilliant game levels, for free, from home about your home town by going online here. Tutorials, video game samples and guides are available for download. We can’t wait to play your new games.

Read on for more about upcoming events, prizes and ideas.


Play Your Place Game CommissionOpportunity for Game designers and artists

Send in your ideas by 10th October for brilliant games for the chance to win £500

Play Southend – draw, make, play event- 11th-12th October

Sign up for all or part of this popular two day game drawing and building event for Southenders of all ages.
1.30-5.30pm Friday 11th and Saturday at the T.A.P. screening room

What people said last time…

“love the whole concept… and it was open enough to include any ideas”. ” Truly excellent!… great conversation and debate”. “It was creative, easy to understand and to get ideas flowing”.

Open to all aged 7-110 years old (children accompanied by adults). Share your ideas about your hometown and work together to draw and build games that describe a place you care about. Non drawers and non gamers welcome- we all work together so everyone’s presence contributes to the vision.
Bring your own laptops if you have them.
See photos from the last event
…and play one of the games created – One Stan Army
RSVP and contact if you have any questions

Play Southend Prizes for Schools

As part of the BIG DRAW festival we are offering 2 prizes for the best Play Southend games coming out of Southend Schools.
Prize winning games will have great ideas for local change, artistry, local flavour and be fun to play.

We are offering 2 prizes of £250 and £150 for the School attended by the winning pupils.Student councils will decide how the prizes should be best awarded to best help digital creativity thrive in their schools.

Send your nominations to by October 31st 2013

Prizes announced November 15th 2013

Teachers’ and Community Leaders’ Checklist  – Download and run brilliant sessions with your classes and groups
get in touch if you would like some help getting set up



This July over 300 people made drawings and shared their ideas at Village Green. Watch the Video of  Village Green here

On 14th September many people created a human drawing engine and wrote micro stories at Southend High School for Girls Centenary Fair.

View photos of over 1000 people with our beach cutout conversation capture on Southend high street, seafront and arts events.

Over 12 schools and community groups helped to shape the development of the Play Southend project.
You can see the full list here

Teachers, community leaders, children and parents have shaped this process. Now that the software is finished return to the game, see what you have helped to create.

Please tell us about any activities that you run for Play Southend- we would like to bring attention to your work and play!


Ruth, Mary and the Play Southend crew.

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This work by Local Play (based on a collaboration between Ruth Catlow and Dr Mary
Flanagan) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License

The free software, that enables anyone to draw, make and play their own platform game levels, developed with Soda was first published to Github October 2013