The National One-Act Play Festival

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The National One-Act Play Festival
11 to 20 May 2006

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 11 May for six nights at Noosa Arts Theatre.

From a small beginning in 1978, the National One Act Play Festival at Noosa Arts Theatre now attracts over 70 entries a year from Australian and overseas playwrights.

Audiences will enjoy performances of the top three entries each night of the Festival and also vote for their favourite play.  Now in its 28th year, this is one of the most popular theatre events on the Coast.

Winner of last year's competition, Hugh O'Brien, has submitted another comedy, Love to Declare.  Woop, a Canadian factory worker, arrives at Brisbane airport to meet his internet lover from Noosa.  His romantic but unpractical approach doesn't impress immigration officer, Brenda Doyle, but her husband, Roy, who works with her, is more sympathetic. Wonderful characters with hilarious secrets revealed along the way.

Neighbourhood Witch by David Nielsen is a romantic comedy set in the 14th century.  The local sheriff finds himself in love with the local apothecary.  He charges her with witchcraft so that she will quit her profession, marry him and stay at home to raise the children.  She turns out to be more than he bargained for.

Ruben is the central character of a black comedy Man of Snow by Cerise de Gelder. Sacked at 44 and broken hearted by failure in love, he decides to reinvent himself in Canada.  Desperate for money, he becomes entangled in a web of deceit and treachery and emerges as someone he never planned to be.

For romantics, all three plays are about people falling head over heels in love and the power of this love to motivate people and transform lives.

Talent abounds among directors and cast with two former Performers of the Year, Matt Warren, directing Man of Snow, and Brandt McRitchie performing in it.  Other well known names include Synda Turnbull, Jannine Ritchie, John McMahon, Leona Kirby, Kerrin Walder, Linda Morgan and Shane Ross.

The Audience's Choice will receive the Nancy Cato Award sponsored by Bron Norman and Maverick Press.

The competition runs for six nights - May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 and the curtain rises at 7.30pm.  Awards for Best Actors and Director will be announced on Saturday 13 May 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 $25 with concessions and group bookings at $20. All tickets for Opening Night are $30 (includes supper and 2 drinks).  Credit card bookings are on 5449 9343. See Tickets page for seating plan at  Counter bookings are on Saturday mornings 9am to noon at Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd. 

Noosa Arts is proud to be part of the Noosa Mayfiesta, 31 days of celebration and special accommodation offers throughout May.

Graphics to the right from "Man of Snow"


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