First act com­plete

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

The scripts are in and the judg­ing has be­gun for the Matamata Short and Sweet Fes­ti­val.

Last year the call went out for play­wrights to en­ter scripts to be per­formed on stage as a 10-minute play.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser and Matamata Dra­matic So­ci­ety mem­ber Colin Kem­plen says 14 plays were sub­mit­ted and now the four judges have the task of se­lect­ing the six that will be per­formed.

He says the so­ci­ety is de­lighted with the num­ber of en­tries and high stan­dard.

‘‘This is al­most twice the num­ber of en­tries that were en­tered for the last Short and Sweet Fes­ti­val three years ago.

‘‘The judges have com­mented the plays fea­ture a va­ri­ety of unique ideas and it’s ev­i­dent the play­wrights have stud­ied ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions and trans­formed them ready for the stage.

‘‘One of the judges told me that it’s quite a chal­lenge se­lect­ing the very best of 14, 10-minute plays, but they are con­fi­dent they’'ll come up with a con­sen­sus that will not only please a bud­ding play­wrights, but Matamata the­atre go­ers when the fes­ti­val goes on stage in June,’’ said Kem­plen.

The play­wrights use a pseu­do­nym so the judges do not know who the writer is. There will be one win­ner who will re­ceive a $200 prize and five run­ners-up re­ceiv­ing $100 each. Au­di­tions will be held in April.

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