Final call for iconic Short ‘n’ Sweet festival entries
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.