A Wandsworth boy's play about suicide is about to go national.

George Jaques, 18, from Whitgift School in South Croydon was shortlisted for the National Theatre’s annual playwriting competition for 14 – 19 year olds, 'New Views', and although he didn't take out the title, will have his play read as part of this year’s festival in July.

George’s play Cleanse was one of ten plays shortlisted from over 300 entries and he was excited to show it off to the world.

"The chance to work with industry professionals and develop a script as part of New Views was so exciting," he said.

"To be working on a play where I could be as creative as I liked was very rewarding.

"I was really shocked to be part of the shortlist as I'm sure there are so many good plays - I'm really happy that the team liked Cleanse."

George's play examined teenage suicide by focusing on the lives of six young people who were struggling with the everyday pressures to look, act, and be perfect in different scenarios.

The play will be shown on July 13 at 11.30am at the National Theatre.