Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Festival - 2005
A Treat for Lovers of Comedy
Lovers of comedy are in for a treat with this year's National One Act Play Festival opening on Thursday 14 April for six nights at Noosa Arts Theatre.
In Love or Nearest Offer, a used car salesman inherits an introduction agency and decides to improve the business with his brash sales techniques much to the chagrin of the lady manager of many years who prides herself on her subtlety. Author, Hugh O'Brien has written a very funny and appealing play with clever dialogue and great characters. Directed by Paul Kuronya, it stars Brandt McRitchie who won Performer of the Year award for his role as Billy Flynn in the Noosa Arts production of Chicago.
In Miss Fortune, the winner of last years National One Act Play Competition, Roger Gimblett creates a feel good comedy of errors with an incredibly inventive plot and a touch of the bizarre. Directed by Jacqui Mata-Luque, it stars award winning Tim Murfin and local singer, Talluah Harper.
Local reviewer and playwright, Ian Austin, breaks up the laughs for a while with an intriguing and entertaining one act mystery, Keeping Mum. A new arrival in a country town keeps to herself as she looks after an invalid mother who no one ever sees. Her behavior arouses suspicion. A build up of suspense with gossip and innuendo leads to an unexpected climax. Ian Austin, a previous competition winner, gives us some wonderful character development and portrayal of a small country town milieu. Directed by Brian Davies, it stars a newcomer to Noosa Arts, Ian McKellar, who has appeared professionally on television and in many stage shows in Perth.
Audiences can enjoy all three new one act plays each night of the Festival and also vote for their favourite play. The Audience's Choice will receive the Nancy Cato Award sponsored by Bron Norman and Maverick Press.
The competition runs for six nights - April 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and the curtain rises at 7.30pm. Awards for Best Actors and Director will be announced on Saturday April 16 and the official final placing of the top three plays will be announced on the final night. Noosa Council has donated prize money of $2000 to the three finalists.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for concessions and $10 for children except for opening night when tickets are $23 and include supper and drinks.
There will be a special student night on Friday 15 April with tickets for students at $5.
For credit card bookings phone 5449 9343 between 10am & 4pm. Counter bookings are at Noosa Arts Theatre on Saturday mornings 9-12. See Tickets page for seating plan at www.noosaartstheatre.org.au.
Keeping Mum Graphics to the Right:
1018 - Sharon Doman (the post lady), Ian McKellar, (policman) Leona Kirby(local real estate agent)
1013 Debbie Noyek (Mum) and Meegan Deem (daughter).
1004 Sharon and Leona
Miss Fortune, directed by Jaqui Mata-Luque.
1061 - Shane Ross, Ricky Harper, Martin Simpson
1069 - Shane Ross, Tim Murfin, Kerrin Walder, Martin Simpson
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