National One-Act Playwriting Competition 2014
Calling for Entries!
Offering a total prize pool of $6,000, the winner of Best Play will take home a prize of $3,000 (sponsored by Bendigo Bank), 2nd place $2,000, and 3rd place $1,000.
Winner of the Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award wins a publishing contract with Maverick Musicals & Plays and a cash prize donated by the family of the late Nancy Cato.
The Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition attracts entries from playwrights throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
This playwriting competition offers a unique opportunity for the winning playwrights to see their new work performed on stage at the Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Play Festival, for a 11 performance season over 3 weeks in July as part of the Noosa Longweekend 10 day cultural festival - fast becoming one of the nations top cultural festivals.
SCRIPTS are judged anonymously by a professional panel of 3 industry experts, including Kate Foy.
During the Festival, the audience is asked at each performance to vote for the ‘Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award', with prize money plus a publishing contract for the winning script.
Presentations of Awards take place after the final performance.
Titles such as Michael Olsen's Two Women and a Chair (winner in 2001) are top sellers both here, in NZ and the UK, and Jane Tara's Bombshells (winner in 2000) went on to an acclaimed production in New York. Cerise de Gelder, winner in 2006 with her comedy Man of Snow, has gone on to become one of Melbourne's hottest playwrights.
Entries close, 1st October, 2013
CLICK HERE to Download the ENTRY FORM & RULES in PDF.
CLICK HERE to Download the ENTRY FORM & RULES in Word.
NOTE: This competition is open to playwrights from all nations, not just Australian residents.
Payment options include electronic funds transfer and PayPal,
please contact the convenor if you wish to use these facilities.
For more information, please email
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Congratulations to the winners
National One-Act Playwriting Competition 2013
BEST PLAY - Distinguished Guest (Comedy)
Richard Harris of New Zealand, taking home $3,000 prizemoney
2nd BEST PLAY - Direct Pressure (Drama)
by Nicola Bradbury - Western Australia, $2,000 prizemoney
3rd BEST PLAY - Daring Greatly (Black Comedy)
by Rainee Skinner - Queensland, $1,000 prizemoney
Thanks to our Major Sponsor, Bendigo Bank - Tewantin Community Bank, for their generous support.
Also, congratulations to Rainee Skinner, and the Cast of
Daring Greatly, for taking out the coveted
NANCY CATO AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD 2013 -
winning a Publishing contract, with our Publishing sponsor,
Maverick Musicals & Plays, PLUS another cash prize,
donated by the family of the late Nancy Cato.
BEST DIRECTOR: Jacqueline Twigg, Daring Greatly
BEST ACTRESS: Peppie Simpson, Daring Greatly
BEST ACTOR: Steve Mitchell, Direct Pressure
ADJUDICATOR'S AWARDS: Yvie Somerville, Distinguished Guest; Jenni McCaul, Direct Pressure; the acting ensemble of Peppie Simpson, Blossom Goodchild and Cherry Llewellyn in Daring Greatly
The Competition and Festival are proudly supported by Bendigo Bank - Tewantin Community Bank
Maverick Musicals & Plays and 101.3 Noosa Community Radio.
for all the lastest Accommodation Specials.
A word (or two) from previous finalists:
"Finding out I was a finalist in the 2013 Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Play Festival was very exciting. To be there and see the outstanding performances of Steve and Jenni, who, through their understanding of the characters made the play much funnier than it reads on the page and then, to place second, was exhilarating.
What equals these things though is the number of audience members who complimented me on Direct Pressure, using words like 'profound' and 'thought provoking'.
As a writer, these things are at the very heart of my stories and to have an audience who appreciates them is a privilege.
The theatre was so welcoming and professional and I hope to encounter again, all the wonderful, hard-working people who make this festival happen.
A belated thanks also, to those who created the fantastic car which my play was staged in."
Nicola Bradbury (2nd Best Play, 2013)
"Again, I just wanted to say a big thank you for the wonderful opportunity you and the Noosa Arts folk provide to aspiring playwrights’. Without this competition and the amazing support from your sponsors many stories would remain untold and possible careers would be unthought-of. Noosa Arts Theatre rocks!!!!"
Debra Chalmers (Best Play and Audience Choice winner 2012)
"Nothing was the first play I'd ever written. I always thought I could write but winning the competition unlocked something in me and I haven't stopped since. Since 2011 I have written five full-length plays, four one-act plays, a feature film, a short film, several training DVD's and this email.
My plays have been performed all over Australia and New Zealand and I genuinely owe it all to this competition. Just last night we had the first read through of my latest piece, incidentally with Roger Gimblett (another previous winner), and I fully intend to start work on my next one this weekend.
More power to you and my heartiest congrats to all the finalists, cast, crew and administrators who make this competition so successful."
Mark Langham (Best Play and Audience Choice winner 2011)
"I wish to convey my thanks to Liza Park and the actors that presented the play reading of Persons of Mass Destruction last Thursday evening. I thought that the reading was most professional and went down well with the audience. It was very good for me to see and hear it
I would also like to thank the Noosa Arts Theatre for running the one-act play competition which is a good opportunity to have script writers work read and evaluated. I appreciated the opportunity to see the three winning plays for 2010. To me the plays were all very good and very profesionally presented and performed."
Frank Rotherham (Finalist 2009)
"I really want to say a huge thank you to everyone connected with the festival. I am very disappointed I wasn't able to attend and I really did try but it wasn't possible.
Vic and Erika had a wonderful time and are full of praise for the way everything was organised, the committment of those involved and warmth of their reception - Vic was even asked for her autograph in a fish and chip shop! I would like to pass on my thanks to the director, cast and crew of my piece and, indeed, all those who took part in the three plays. It is a source of great inspiration to me that my play did well and I am just thrilled beyond words to have won.
I also want to say thank you to you for all your tireless work and enthusiasm for this event. Vic is already onto me to write something for next year! I have a vague idea about a comet striking the earth.
If I can find 12 working dinosaurs, I think it might work...
If there is anything that I can do to help you promote this event for next year or anything else, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Once again, many thanks for the whole experience."
Mark Langham (Best Play and Audience Choice winner 2011)
News of previous winners:
Roger Gimblett has had 3 of his plays presented by the Hunters Hill Theatre in May and June 2011. Two of the plays were previous winners of the competition - Three Chairs (2004) and Decline and Hall (2008).
Three Chairs has also been performed in South Africa, the UK and around Australia.
Michael Olsen's Two Women and a Chair has been a popular festival entry (including the Edinburgh Festival) almost from the day it won the Audience Choice in 2001, including winning Best Play, Best Actress in a Comedy and Best Director at the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival in 2003.
Gail Denver of Maverick Musicals wrote on March 13 , 2012, "We love receiving news like this: 'Just to let you know, the performance of Two Women and a Chair was a huge success, garnering a host of awards in the Wellington (UK) Drama Festival at Shropshire (Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Staging) so we may want to repeat it!' Brian Hughes, Little Elayses Players."
Check out this perfect Festival play - Maverick Musical's top selling one-act script!
Bruce Olive heard the following from TORQUAY THEATRE TROUPE: "Great news, we entered God Willing in the Anglesea 1 Act Play Festival last weekend and scooped the pool!
BEST FEMALE ACTOR - Lisa Berry playing Nadia.
2nd BEST MALE ACTOR - Fred Preston as Narrator
ADJUDICATORS' AWARD - Rehanon as Suria. (Even the dead body, Lisa's daughter, got a mention!)
We had a celebratory champagne, of course, we raised a glass to you and I even got a thanks for finding the play! I did get to the Noosa Festival and enjoyed your play - The Knock on the Door and our Troupe would appreciate reading the script. I said I would let you know of our (and your) success. We are thrilled! You might care to visit the web site of the festival. www.angleseaperformers.org.au. Cheers and thanks!
Mark Langham's play Nothing (winner 2011) was performed at the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival in August 2011 and picked up 3rd Best Play (out of 20!), Best Actor in a Comedy (Michael Morgan) and short-listed for Best Director (Jane Rivers).
Frank Wilkie's hilarious comedy Tudo Au Nada (Audience Choice winner 2010) has been published by Maverick Musicals and Plays, along with 2 other of his scripts. It has been performed several times across Australia.
Debra Chalmers' play Here's the Thing... (winner 2012) was performed at the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival in August 2012 and picked up the Best Unpublished Script Award as adjudicated by Kate Foy.