Mo­ments with Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre

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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).

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