Moments with Gold Coast Little Theatre
GOLD Coast Little Theatre’s One Act Play Season, Moments, will mark a series of firsts.
First-time writers, directors and theatregoers will unite in five miniplays encompassing comedy, romance, disillusionment and music.
Actor and first-time director Libby Bancroft is co-ordinating the event.
‘‘It has been incredibly rewarding watching these five very different pieces come together so professionally . . . giving local theatre nuts the chance to get their work out in the community,’’ she says.
‘‘ Writer’s Block, was written by young actress Kellie Eatock, who went to a cafe at Mt Tamborine, sat down and just wrote the whole thing.
‘‘When she showed it to me this year, I thought it would be perfect for the One Act Play Season.
‘‘I asked her to shorten it and fortunately she just jumped on the idea and has allowed me to direct it.’’
The play follows Jane, writer who sets out to pen a play with all the romance and drama her own life lacks. With a crush on her imaginary leading man, an unexplained dislike of her fictional leading lady, a very real romance budding with a divorced ‘‘boy next door’’ and an inability to separate reality from fiction, she furiously pecks out her newest play: a drama about a young wounded British soldier seeking refuge with a German girl in the middle of World War II.
‘‘Kellie is just so excited about seeing it on stage and is in the play for its debut stage show,’’ Bancroft says.
‘‘It works so well as a one-act play – it’s more concise and becomes a very funny romantic comedy.
‘‘We’ve had a few funny moments where I’ve directed something and Kellie has said ‘that’s different to how I saw it’ but we’ve been quite accommodating of each other and had a great collaboration.
‘‘It’s funny if Kellie ever forgets her lines though. Everyone else turns to her and jokingly says ‘Who wrote this?’ – but she takes it so well.’’
The Bed Bath, a comedy about two elderly gentlemen in a nursing home written and directed by Mark Randle, starts the Moments program with a bang.
‘‘These plays are really suitable for everyone. The elderly will totally appreciate the humour, while students and children above the age of 10 will be able to identify and enjoy the plot lines and snappy delivery as well,’’ Bancroft says.
‘‘It’s the perfect event for all those people who say ‘I’ll go one day’ as it’s made up of five very different plays. If one style isn’t their cup of tea, there will definitely be another one that is.’’
The other plays are The Lesson, a lesser-known stage play of Eugene Ionesco; The Tragical Tale of Melissa McHiney McNormous McWhale, a bizarre and rhythmic journey fusing both music and choreography, directed by Tess Burke; and Ash, in which Bancroft takes on the role of Jessikah, with Naomi Thompson as Ashleigh.
The two have performed in the same show before,
– Picture: MICHAEL BATTERHAM but never on stage at the same time.
‘‘Naomi and I are great friends and now we finally get to perform on stage at the same time, so of course there is a great chemistry and authenticity. Our kids play together while we’re rehearsing on stage and they just love it,’’ Bancroft says.
‘‘My daughter is my biggest critic; we get in the car afterwards and she tells me exactly what lines I, or anyone else, have missed.’’
– JESSICA HUXLEY
One Act Plays Season Moments plays Gold Coast Little Theatre, in Southport, tonight and tomorrow at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.
The directors and casts from Gold Coast Little Theatre’s One-Act Play Season, including event co-ordinator, actor and first-time director Libby Bancroft (in khaki green).