Hot Shorts – 2011

 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:

“The Lady In White” – The horrors and hypocrisy of the Middle-East conflict;
“Babies Are Forever” – What a woman resorts to when her biological clock is ticking so loudly that it drowns out her husband’s protests;
“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.

The winners from 2011

Who Nose

3,4,5 & 10,11,12 June 2011


The Drill Hall Theatre Company’s June production was an absurd burlesque cabaret devised and performed by Monique Lavail and directed by Mike Russo in which Miss Froggy attempts to recover her identity by treading the boards with irreverent tales and songs. To debunk the myths of beauty, romance, racial superiority and stereotyped relationships, she takes masks, creatures and costumes out of her “magic trunk” hoping to keep Spooky, the ghost of her dead lover, at bay.

Performances were on Fridays and Saturdays June 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8pm. Sundays June 5, 12 at 5pm at the Drill Hall Theatre Mullumbimby.


6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15 May, 2011

Local writer and actor Greg Aitken wrote this adaptation of famous Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s last play and it was performed at the Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th and Wednesday 11th of May. Sunday performances were are at 5pm with all other performances at 8pm.

Greg set the play on a health retreat near Mount Warning and it deals with a man whose obsessive approach to his art has alienated him from his personal relationships. When his beautiful younger wife meets the handsome wild dog hunter and the artist is reunited with his former model their lives are led down paths that they should have taken years before, by the sinister owner and chief therapist of the health retreat. There is humour, biting satire and searing drama in this tender and brutal play.

Featuring Greg Aitken, Cate Feldmann, Robynn Goddard, Sam Hemphill and Mike Russo and directed by Dominick Reyntiens,