21, 22, 23 & 28, 29, 30 October 2011
The 10 finalists in our 10 minute play competition HOT SHORTS 2011 were presented at The Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby on 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 October.
The audience voted for their favourite play with prizes of $1,000 $300 and $200 available.
The plays and their themes, all written and presented by writers, actors and directors from around the North Coast, were:
“Three Halves” – The absurdities of human relationships and our failures to communicate;
“First Light” – The perils of Schoolie’s Week in Byron Bay;
“Buy Robot” – The uses a woman might find for her robot butler;
“I Thought, You Thought” – A couple who are on the same holiday but aren’t quite both on the same wavelength;
“Death Takes a Break” – How do you cope after several millennia in the busiest and most unpopular job of all;
“High Fidelity” – Complexities of computer dating for the over-fifties;
“Going to a Party With Sting” – An innocent from country NSW meets a slick and not-so-honest Hollywood agent;
“The Ashes” – A widow meets her husband’s mistress over the ashes of more than just her dead husband.The standard of writing this year is very high and there is a good mix of comedy and drama.
The results were as follows:
1st “Buy Robot” by John Smithwick. This play also won the Peg Gloor Prize for best performed play. Well done John, your play was overwhelmingly the audience favourite and Director Georgia Martin and her outstanding cast of Kate Horsley and Heilrick Georges Dujon did a fantastic job of getting it on stage.
2nd “The Ashes”, written and directed by Greg Aitken. Greg’s play was very well supported by our audiences and Georgia Martin’s and Robynn Goddard’s performances were very powerful.
3rd “First Light”, written and directed by Denise Lego. Denise’s play was beautifully performed by Juliet Smith, Elena Larkin and Anthony Jensen. It was especially pleasing to include a play that had young characters dealing with a very topical, local theme.
HOT SHORTS will be on again in 2013 so start thinking about that short play you’ve wanted to write for ages.