After the Regional Variety Concert comes the Regional Thespian Challenge!

April 15, 2009

The North West Theatre Company will conduct The Regional “Ten Minute Play” Festival at the ROXY Theatre in Bingara on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of June 26 to 28.

Following on from the Regional Variety Concert, “ROXY where the heart is!” presented in March, the NWTC is keen to see schools, theatre companies, and interested clubs and societies, enter their “theatrical performance pieces” at the June Festival.

Bill Gleeson on piano leads the company in the finale of ROXY where the heart is!
at the ROXY Theatre, Bingara, March 28.

The school entries are nearly full, with their performances scheduled for Friday June 26. Saturday afternoon and evening are open for non-school performance groups. A Sunday matinee will then showcase the “best selection” of both the school and open categories with an award given to the “Best Performance” of the Festival.

Ten minute plays, or performances, have become important thespian showpieces in many cities and regional centres. The rules are simple. The performance must not exceed ten minutes. It must involve two to ten performers. A basic set and lighting is provided, and there are just two minutes allotted for setup, and for clearance of the stage.

The performances do not have to be complete pieces. They can be an excerpt from a play, or a musical (though no recorded backing track can be used), or dance, or poetry or prose. It is important that some sense of continuity exits within the performance, but it does not need to have a story line.

Financial support has been sought through Arts North West, and a special guest adjudicator is being invited for the Festival.

NWTC President, John Wearne said, “This Festival will encourage performers to plan a short performance piece and hone their skills before an audience on the Roxy stage. It will provide an excellent opportunity for actors of all ages and experience, as well as directors and techies, to work on a short but cohesive project.”

There is an entry fee of $10 for each performance piece and a cost of $5 for audiences at each of the three day sessions. Entries close for schools at the end of April, while non-school entries close on May 15. Contact John Wearne on 0418 419 684 for further details.

Submitted by Rick Hutton – NWTC Publicity Officer Ph:0428 255 380.