There is something adventurous in going to see three new one act plays in one night. It's an adventure that audiences to the Noosa Arts One Act Play Festival have been enjoying for thirty years and it is now an adventure that will be offered to audiences around Australia by being part of the Noosa Longweekend.
The added pleasure for audiences is that they can vote for their favourite play which wins the Nancy Cato Award and is published by Maverick Musicals.
The first winning play in 1978 was Travellers in the Night, written by former South Australian journalist, Nancy Cato. Nancy became an Australian legend with such international best sellers as Brown Sugar, Forefathers, North by Northwest and 'All the Rivers Run' which also became a hugely popular TV series
This year offers that appealing mix of drama and comedy that gives variety and interest to the night, with plays from outstanding authors.
Author of The Eulogy, John Cundill, was South Africa's most successful film and TV writer. In Australia, film and teleplays and his contribution to several ABC featured in AWGIE and AFI Awards.
Author of Empires, David Allen, has produced works for stage, television and radio. His plays have been staged both in Australia and overseas and he has won two Writers Guild 'Awgies' and the Victorian Premier's prize for drama.
Author of Decline and Hall, Roger Gimblett won both Best Play as well as Audience Choice award at the 2004 One Act Play Festival.
Plays this year deal with some topical issues and everyday moral dilemmas - what to do with a beloved historic country hall which has outlived its usefulness, how do families deal with unpalatable truths and present a brave face to outsiders?
Dave Allen's Empires explores how journalistic investigations can lead to surprising facts and change personal relationships and is being directed by award winning director and actor, Matt Warren.
NIDA graduate and award winning actress, Liza Park is directing The Eulogy and Madison Thew-Keyworth, star of Gigi, is directing Decline and Hall.
The competition runs for six nights - July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 with 7.30pm start. Awards will be announced on Saturday 12 July. The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has donated prize money of $2574 to the three finalists and this continues many years of support from the former Noosa Council.
National One-Act Playwriting Festival
Tickets $25, group/conc $20, Child $15. Book at The J online www.thej.com.au, by phone 5455 4455 or over counter Mon-Frid 9-4. Opening Night is already sold out.
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