Fi­nal call for iconic Short ‘n’ Sweet fes­ti­val en­tries

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

Can you turn a 10-minute con­ver­sa­tion into an stage per­for­mance?

En­tries are be­ing sought for the Short and Sweet fes­ti­val, pre­sented by the Mata­mata Dra­matic So­ci­ety.

The iconic fes­ti­val is a col­lec­tion of six, 10-minute plays, writ­ten by Mata­mata play­wrights and those new to writ­ing for the stage.

Mata­mata Dra­matic So­ci­ety mem­ber Colin Kem­plen, who is co-or­di­nat­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, said bud­ding play­wrights have been busy over the hol­i­day pe­riod, but more en­tries are al­ways wel­come.

He says typ­i­cally the plot for a play can be the writ­ers take on an ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Noth­ing too com­pli­cated, just a min­i­mum of four char­ac­ters and set in a sim­ple set­ting. So dust off your quill pens and re­mem­ber the pen is might­ier than the sword,’’ he said.

Kem­plen says the Short and Sweet judg­ing panel has been se­lected and will be read­ing en­tries dur­ing Fe­bru­ary be­fore reach­ing March.

The work of six win­ning en­tries, one over­all win­ner, and five run­ners up, will be per­formed on stage in June this year.

The win­ner re­ceives a $200 prize with the run­ners up re­ceiv­ing $100 each.

‘‘So it’s worth putting pen to its fi­nal de­ci­sion in pa­per,’’ he said.

Au­di­tions will be held in a few months for the cast of each play.

En­tries opened late last year, and will close on Jan­uary 31.

re­porter Rexine Hawes will put her thes­pian tal­ents to the test later in the year and au­di­tion as part of our Re­porter Chal­lenge se­ries.

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