Presenting the three finalist plays of the Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition vying for $6,000 in prize money (sponsored by Bendigo Bank and Noosa Arts Theatre) and the Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award (as voted by you at each performance and sponsored by the family of the late Nancy Cato, who was the winner of the first Competition).
There are two parts to this event - The Competition and The Festival.
The Competition, which offers a unique opportunity for the winning playwrights to see their new work performed on stage at the One-Act Play Festival, as part of the Noosa Longweekend Festival (fast becoming one of the nation's top cultural festivals), attracts entries from playwrights throughout Australia, and many other countries.
Scripts are judged anonymously by a professional panel of three industry experts (this year - Kate Foy, Helen Howard and Stephen Carleton) who select the three plays you will see in performance, and it is based solely on the writing.
The Festival, which is where the directors, actors, lighting and sound technicians bring the plays and characters to life. Staging the new scripts can bring a whole new dimension to the work, which is why there is the Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award (as well as acting and directing awards). Presentation of all Awards take place after the final performance.
The Festival is a very popular event on the Sunshine 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.
The finalists are:
Instructions for two or more players
A black comedy by Michiko Parnell from Western Australia
Nearly forty-year-old Michael is brewing a mid-life crisis and is intent on getting his wife to break out of her carefully constructed life, and to admit her fear of turning fifty. And it's all downhill from there!
Director: Kate Cullen
Starring: Paul Barrs, Julia Verburgt, Caitlin Wilson
A tragicomedy by Michelle McCormick from Western Australia
As new parents, life for Ester and Tom seems to be a continuous cycle of miscommunication and long waits for invitations that never arrive, until one simple question changes everything, "where's the baby?"
Director: Liza Park
Starring: Karina Seale and Steve Mitchell
The Devil's Dance
A drama by Frank Wilkie from Queensland
An ambitious cop entangled in a corrupt web of deranged power confronts the aftermath of a heinous crime.
Director: Jane Rivers
Starring: Wayne Neuendorf, James Patrick Reed, Michele Lamarca
Cut-price Preview - JULY 3 (all tickets $20) at 7:30pm
Evenings - JULY 4, 5, 11, 12, 17 at 7:30pm
Matinees - JULY 6, 13 at 2pm
View Club (Smith Family) Charity Fundraising Night - JULY 10 at 7:30pm (all tickets $29)
Noosa Longweekend Festival - JULY 18 at 7:30pm, 19 at 2pm (all tickets $30)
Adults - $29
Concessions - $25
Groups/Members - $23
Child U17 - $20
Counter sales: Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 2pm, and Saturday, 9am to midday
Phone sales (5449 9343): Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 2pm, and Saturday, 9am to midday
Online - www.noosaartstheatre.org.au
3rd of July 2014 - Let's Talk Tickets
DRAWN: 2014 One-Act Play Festival tickets giveaway
Congratulations to Shar-lee of Coolum Beach who was the Lucky Coast News member to score 2 tickets for Preview night of the wonderful 37th Annual One-Act Play Festival at the Noosa Arts Theatre.
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