Hot Shorts 2019

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 November

Once again we have come up with a season of strong, locally written short plays, each with something to say and to interest a wide audience. As usual, the eight plays chosen for performance from the thirty-six entries include comedy, drama and farce and the topics are personal, political and social.

In keeping with the Drill Hall Theatre Company’s commitment to community involvement, the plays are being produced by people from across the Northern Rivers region and HOT SHORTS 2019 will be a showcase of some of the best theatrical talent the region has to offer.

As in the past, audience members will get to vote for their favourite plays and prizes will be awarded at the final performance.

HOT SHORTS 2019 opens on Friday, November 1st and runs for two weekends to November 10th

Friday 1st November @ 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd November @ 7:30pm 
Sunday 3rd November @ 2:00 pm
Friday 8th November @ 7:30pm
Saturday 9th November @ 7:30pm 
Sunday 10th November @ 2:00 pm



THE PERFECT PROFILE by Mechelle Anderson who is a finalist for the first time. Her play is about Leesa who is accustomed to going under the knife in her efforts to find that perfect somebody. With no date in over a year, is it really just down to the Perfect Profile?

SEVEN MINUTES by Prue Clark who was a finalist last time. Her play shows us that seven minutes may not seem like a long time, but for some, it’s a lifetime.

FLIGHT by Michael Lill who has been a finalist and Hot Shorts winner a number of times. Flight explores the themes of choice and responsibility and what it means to be a moral and ethical citizen within a society that is driven more and more by self-indulgence, intolerance and overt rage.

TERTIARY by Lisa Walmsley, who was a prize winner last time, is an absurdist political satire set in a local fictional university about funding, politics and climate change. It is a comedy with a sting in the tail.

PARTY IN A PORT-A-LOO is by Kelly O’Meara who was a finalist last time. Midnight approaches on New Years Eve 1999. Karma is snaking up the S-bend. One man – one port a loo – one hell of a way to start the new millennium.

THE LAST PARTY by Bette Guy, who has been a finalist many times, explores how two ex-lovers react to, and resolve, the mistakes of the past.

GROUNDED SPA & RETREAT is by Caroline Brandelius who is a first-time finalist. The peace and happiness industry gives people retreats to relax and, perhaps, a place for employees to stress out.

TURNING is by Victoria King who is a first-time finalist. Beth’s internet date with Al isn’t quite as she’d imagined. How will they manage to navigate their shared experiences and their differences to find some mutual understanding?


Audience Appeal

1st – Seven Minutes by Prudence Clark


2nd – Flight by Michael Lill


3rd – Tertiary by Lisa Walmsley


Best Written Play

Flight by Michael Lill


The Drill Hall Theatre Company runs the Hot Shorts program every two years.  Writers are invited to submit their plays, which must be original, not previously performed, no longer than 10 minutes and with minimal staging difficulties to a selection committee by 30 June. 

Up to 10 plays are selected for performance at The Drill Hall in November and are eligible for prizes. The DHTC assists playwrights with production of the plays that are chosen for performance.

Four cash prizes totalling $1,500 are awarded and DHTC hopes to encourage young writers by offering a $100 prize to each play selected for performance that has been written by a high school student.

Once the selection panel has selected the plays, Directors are chosen, casts are selected and plays rehearsed, ready for the November performance.
HOT SHORTS is a great opportunity for new writers, new directors and new actors to make their dream a reality.