One-act play fest folds
The show must go on? Well not if it’s the Manawatu district finals of the New Zealand Theatre Federation one-act play festival.
The annual adjudicated competition and its associated free workshop for local actors and directors has been cancelled after three of the four entrants pulled out.
Spokeswoman for the local branch of the Theatre Federation, Joan Ford says the first to go was regular youth category entrant, Feilding High School. Then on Friday two other plays, both youth entries from Wanganui High School, withdrew. That left Feilding Little Theatre Players performing the second act of their recent mainbill show, Dirty Dusting.
‘‘When you have two schools pull out at the last minute it’s pretty hard to make it happen,’’ Joan says.
However, one play does not a festival make, nor did it financially stack up. ‘‘Hosting these festivals costs theatres a bomb.’’
Joan says it’s a pity the competition can’t go ahead as hoped because adjudicator Steven Arnold, a senior educator at AUT, is an excellent and insightful theatre coach. A lecturer in Montessori education, he has extensive theatre experience and knowledge as an actor, director and tutor, and has won several festival awards for his work.
However, Steven’s workshops set down for Saturday August 1 which were to cover ‘Looking at text – performance and characterisation – getting the most out of the script’, and ‘Taking the next step ‘‘beyond talking heads’’ to telling a story’, have been postponed.