Local Playwrights among Winners Announced in One-Act Play Festival

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5th March 2010 Macquarie backs winning playwrights!

Noosa Arts Theatre is pleased to announce the 3 finalists in their 2010 National One-Act Playwriting Competition.

This years finalists include: Bruce Olive of Queensland with the drama God Willing, based loosely on Mumbai hotel terrorist attack, Paul Addison, a school teacher from NSW with a comedy The Usual Five for Lunch, set in a run down country pub, and Frank Wilkie of Queensland with the comedy Tudo Ou Nada about a young Australian couple from diverse cultural backgrounds bringing their dysfunctional families together for the first time.

The 30-year old competition recently received a welcome boost in sponsorship from Macquarie Financial Services, a doubling of the prize money on offer to the many emerging playwrights who enter the competition each year from right across Australia.

Macquarie will sponsor the award for Best Play, to the value of $2,500, thus increasing the total prize pool to be shared by winning playwrights, to $5000. Winner of the Audience Choice Award is also offered a publishing contract with Maverick Musicals & Plays, a long time supporter of the competition.

The national competition, which attracts entries from all over Australia, encourages and fosters new playwrights and has been the launch pad for several very successful playwrights.

The competition offers a unique opportunity for playwrights, for unlike many writing competitions, the 3 finalists get to see their play come to life for the very first time on stage, as part of Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Play Festival with the 2 winning plays showcased at the Noosa Longweekend Festival.

As part of the Festival the theatre also offers a writing Masterclass with a nationally recognised professional writer.

Theatre patron and Australias most successful playwright David Williamson, lends his support to the reading panel, made up of 6 Sunshine Coast locals who have a wealth of experience in theatre and playwriting. Mr Williamson will work with them in selecting the final 3 plays from the final 5. His wealth of experience is a great asset to the competition.

"The association of Macquarie Financial Services with both The Noosa Longweekend Festival and the Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition is a very exciting development in the promotion of cultural activities in Noosa and underlines Macquarie's involvement in this aspect of community life in our shire said Simon Gamble of Macquarie Financial Services, Noosa.

The 3 finalist plays, will be performed in a two week season in early June 2010 at Noosa Arts Theatre and again at The Noosa Longweekend Festival which will showcase the Best Play and the Audience Choice winner from the competition, as part of the Festival program. They will be presented at the Noosa Arts Theatre on Saturday 26th June.

Past winner and finalist Hugh OBrien had this to say:
In 2005, I was fortunate to win with my play LOVE AND OTHER FLUSHES. As part of the prize, Maverick Musicals published the play. That led to them publishing another of my plays FARMER WILL SWAP COMBINE HARVESTER FOR WIFE, a play about rural domestic violence. That play has since toured New South Wales and also won the Queensland Government Domestic Violence Prevention Award in 2008. All this only happened because the Noosa One Act Playwriting competition gave me my start in playwriting!

The development of another diverse and interesting program for the Noosa Longweekend, including events at the Noosa Arts Theatre, is well advanced and we are most appreciative of support from the private sector without which little of this would be possible."
Ian Mackellar General Manager, The Noosa Long Weekend Festival.

Playwrights interested in entering the 2011 playwriting competition, should visit the Competitions page online at: www.noosaartstheatre.org.au for further information.

One-Act Play Festival
Presenting the 3 finalist from the Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition
Dates: JUNE 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30pm
Matinee: JUNE 6 at 2pm

Graphic to the right: One of the finalists, Bruce Olive

 
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