48 hours to cre­ate a mas­ter­piece

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - ABBY BROWN

‘‘It's about the Hutt hold­ing events and do­ing them as well as Welling­ton.’’

A new play fes­ti­val and com­pe­ti­tion has some­thing more valu­able than a tro­phy - men­tor­ing by in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

The 48 Hour Short Play Fes­ti­val chal­lenges bud­ding play­wrights to cre­ate a 10-minute play within 48 hours. They will then be staged at the Lower Hutt Lit­tle Theatre on Oc­to­ber 9.

The judges will se­lect five plays and their play­wrights will re­ceive ad­vice from a team com­prised of di­rec­tor Geral­dine Bro­phy, a light and sound de­signer, a dra­maturge and a pro­duc­tion man­ager.

The Nae­nae-based ac­tress and di­rec­tor said they would be look­ing for ’’nuggets of gold’’ which could be pol­ished through a week of men­tor­ing be­fore the plays were per­formed again on Oc­to­ber 15.

The event, which was be­ing run by Nextstage Theatre Char­i­ta­ble Trust, was an op­por­tu­nity for all peo­ple to tell their sto­ries to an au­di­ence, Bro­phy said.

It was also de­signed to lift the pro­file of Lower Hutt as an arts­friendly city.

‘‘It’s about the Hutt hold­ing events and do­ing them as well as Welling­ton,’’ she said.

She had used her con­nec­tions to bring plays such as HMS Pinafore, which she di­rected, and Menopause the Mu­si­cal to the Lit­tle Theatre.

Next year a new Grumpy Old Women will be per­formed there, as well as Des­per­ate Hutt Wives. A ver­sion of Wil­liam Shake­speare’s Romeo and Juliet set in a rest home is also planned. It will fea- ture a tale about grand­chil­dren who are un­happy about a ro­mance be­cause they think it will neg­a­tively af­fect their in­her­i­tance.

Fes­ti­val teams must com­prise be­tween two and 10 mem­bers who are 16 and older. The 10min plays would be based on a sub­ject given at the Lit­tle Theatre on Oc­to­ber 7 at 7pm.

Tick­ets to the elim­i­na­tion round on Oc­to­ber 9 and the show­case on Oc­to­ber 15, both start­ing at 7pm, are $10 and are avail­able at the door.

To en­ter the fes­ti­val reg­is­ter at at https://goo.gl/Y2GniO, $15 en­try fee.

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