From May 30:
One-Act Play Festival 2013
Presenting the 3 finalists, in the National One-Act Playwriting Competition 2013.
Chosen from 99 entries received from across Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore and the USA.
Daring Greatly (Black Comedy) by Rainee Skinner - QLD
Directed by Jacqueline Twigg. Starring Blossom Goodchild, Pepie Simpson and Cherry Llewllyn.
Distinguished Guest (Light Drama) by Richard Harris - NZ
Directed by John McMahon. Starring Yvie Somerville, Tim Murfin,
Roger Shaw, Shaun Bennett, Callum Hamacek and Tracey Simpson.
Direct Pressure (Drama) by Nicola Bradbury - WA
Directed by Sue Clapham. Starring Jenni McCaul and Steve Mitchell.
The 36th Annual One-Act Play Festival opens on 30 May at Noosa Arts Theatre.
This is one of the most popular productions on the annual coast theatre calendar.
It offers an element of surprise because all the plays are original. It offers three completely different scenarios and stories and there is plenty of time to socialise in the two intervals.
There is a comedy and 2 dramas on offer this year.
Daring Greatly, by Rainee Skinner (a finalist last year with the boy in the cardboard box) is set in an apartment on the banks of the Brisbane River and offers a peek into the lives of three women. The women were colleagues at University together, circa 1975, and are meeting at a time when their lives are in a state of transformation. Their encounter reveals their strengths and their vulnerabilities and presents them with an opportunity to communicate in a more meaningful way. The results are hilarious, poignant and irrevocable.
In Distinguished Guest by Richard Harris, warm hosts, Barry and Colleen, run a small remote guesthouse in the Peak district in Derbyshire, England.
Their accommodation’s one claim to fame is the short stay of a distinguished guest - Picasso. It was in distant nineteen fifty - a clandestine visit involving carnal intent with a much younger lady friend.
After Barry and Colleen’s son puts the story on their web site, they are delighted to find it actually attracts the occasional curious visitor who hopes to prise out the truth of that mysterious night. Two parties arrive to stay, but what exactly are their motives?
In Direct Pressure by Nicola Bradbury, forty-five year old Linda's car crashes in the Australian outback. She is found by twenty-five year old Jeff, an English backpacker. Unable to free her from the wreck and too far from anywhere to get help, Jeff and Linda share a journey of discovery about heroism, fame, tattoos, the power of Grandmothers and, that living a full life is more important than merely trying to avoid death.
The audience sees the three plays and gets to vote for the Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award.
The winner of this year’s Best Play award will be announced after the final performance on Saturday 15 June, where $3,000 prize money donated by Macquarie Private Wealth will be presented to the winning playwright, along with the Audience Choice Award sponsored by Maverick Musicals and Plays.
- Cut-price Preview: MAY 30 at 7.30pm
- Evenings: MAY 31, JUNE 1, 6**, 7, 8, 13, 14* at 7.30pm
- Matinees: June 2, 9, 15* at 2pm
- Cut-price Preview: All tickets $20
- Adults $29, Concessions $25, Members/Groups 10+ $23, Children $20
- *Noosa Long Weekend Festival performances: $30
- **Santa's Classy Helpers Charity Performance: JUNE 6 at 7.30pm,
all tickets $34, includes a light supper at interval
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**Chidren under 7 are encouraged to attend our pantomimes rather than our plays and musicals
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