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25
Aug
14

Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival 2014 Results

 

Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival 2014

Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance

August 15 – 24 2014

The Lind Theatre

 

#SCTF14

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YOUTH SECTION

August 22 – 24 2014

 

Certificates of Distinction:

 

Primary Certificates of Distinction

 

Bella Wood

Alira Slyderink

Stefanie Cooper

Erica O’Brien

 

Secondary Certificates of Distinction

 

Mahana Currie (Bursary Winner 2013)

Ashleigh Cooper

Shearah-Rose Spears

Lucy Rockliff

Georgia Gleeson

Ayla Long

Liam Hartley

Matthew Bapty

 

Primary Section

 

Adjudicator’s Award

Anna McMahon

Hands in the Air…Bullies Beware (Talara Primary College)

 

Best Ensemble

Talara Primary College

Hands in the Air…Bullies Beware

 

Best Supporting Actor

Curtis Bock

 

Best Supporting Actress

Bella Wood

 

Best Actor

Jett McConochie

 

Best Actress

Anika Jocumsen

 

2nd Best Play

Hands in the Air…Bullies Beware (Talara Primary College)

 

Best Play

The Compass by Mem Thomas (MEM Productions)

 

Best Unpublished Script

The Compass by Mem Thomas (MEM Productions)

 

Secondary Section

 

Adjudicator’s Award

Paris Williment

 

Best Ensemble

Little Seed Theatre Company

War At Home

 

Best Supporting Actor

Valentino Koch

 

Best Supporting Actress

Ellie Manning

 

Best Actor

Caleb Holman

 

Best Actress

Brooke Masters

 

2nd Best Play

Love Awkwardly (Little Seed Theatre Company)

 

Best Play

War At Home (Little Seed Theatre Company)

 

Best Unpublished Script

One Idiot, Two Thugs and Cement by Louisea Snelling (Dramaworks)

 

Bursary

Paris Williment (Little Seed Theatre Company)

 

Overall

 

Best Director Over 25

Michelle Allan

All My Love, Paul (Focus On Stage)

 

Best Director Under 25

Marina de Jager

Fairytale Frolics (Acting Up! Youth Theatre Academy)

 

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OPEN SECTION

August 15 – 17 2014

 

Adjudicator’s Award

Michelle Lamarca

The Devil’s Dance (Noosa Arts Theatre)

 

Best Supporting Actor (Comedy)

Shane Cassidy

The Rock in the Water (SRT)

 

Best Supporting Actress (Comedy)

Sue Sewell

Duplicitous (Miranda’s Dressing Room)

 

Best Supporting Actor (Drama)

Brett Klease

The Rock in the Water (SRT

 

Best Actor (Comedy)

Kyle Breese

Held (Downstage Theatre Co)

 

Best Actress (Comedy)

Not awarded

 

Best Actor (Drama)

James Patrick Reed

The Devil’s Dance (Noosa Arts Theatre)

 

Best Actress (Drama)

Michelle Lamarca

The Devil’s Dance (Noosa Arts Theatre)

 

Best Set Design

The Rock in the Water (SRT)

 

Best Unpublished Script

The Rock in the Water by Simon Denver (SRT)

 

Best Director

Simon Denver

The Rock in the Water (SRT)

 

3rd Best Play

Held (Downstage Theatre Co)

 

2nd Best Play

The Devil’s Dance (Noosa Arts Theatre)

 

Best Play

The Rock in the Water (SRT)

 

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The Rock in the Water (SRT) Anna McMahon, Shane Cassidy, Brett Klease and (on behalf of Simon Denver), Joy Marshall with Adjudicator, Margi Brown Ash

 

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14
Aug
14

Hedonism’s Second Album (and here comes Margi Brown Ash to adjudicate the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival)!

 

Hedonism’s Second Album is a new Australian comedy from David Burton and Claire Christian.

 

It’s for anyone who’s ever been let down by their favourite band, or their best mates.

 

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Written by David Burton & Claire Christian

Director Margi Brown Ash
Designer Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer Ben Hunt

with

Patrick Dwyer, Gavin Edwards, Nicholas Gell,
Thomas Hutchins & Ngoc Phan

 

In a music studio in surburban Brisbane four men gather in an attempt to build upon a surprisingly successful first album. Newly clean, front man Gareth is losing his cool. Lead guitarist Chimney has got cold feet. Bass player Michael is keeping secrets and Sumo, the drummer, has vanished. Meet Hedonism.

Hedonism have rocketed from pub gigs to support acts, international tours and brand management. It’s a whole new world. They’ve been given a license to drink, be rockstars and live, well, hedonistically. They’ve been give permission to never grow up, as long as they record their second album.

After an all-weekend bender involving under-age girls, bikies, racial slurs on YouTube and a wombat from Australia Zoo, record label exec Phil is sent in to pull the boys into line and prevent the looming PR disaster. During the testosterone-fueled fallout, closely-guarded secrets are laid bare and friendships tested.

Hedonism’s Second Album premieres tonight at The Loft as part of La Boite Indie, and continues until August 30.

With Sunshine Coast support bands, The Flumes & The Floating Bridges, Hedonism’s Second Album comes to Nambour Civic Centre on September 4 2014.

 

 

 

Director, Margi Brown Ash, joins us on the Sunshine Coast from tomorrow night for the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival #SCTF14

 

 

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Margi is adjudicating the one-act play Open Section (this weekend) and Youth Section (next weekend). I’m looking forward to hearing her comments about our competing actors and directors, and particularly, her advice to younger performers. Previously, we’ve welcomed Andrea Moor, Kate Foy, Karen Crone and many more industry experts, all of whom have offered valuable feedback to our local and visiting theatre companies and at the same time, enlightened audience members about playwriting and production elements.

This year, for the first time, we’ve added a week-long program of events and moved the entire festival to the lovely little Lind Lane Theatre in Mitchell Street, Nambour. It IS little, accommodating only 100 punters per session, so book early for all sessions and special events, which include a forum and debate, workshops and theatresports.

Check livetheatre.com.au for details and booking information

11
Aug
14

Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival and the question of reviews and social media…

 

Remember when I said I was going to post every Friday, my column from the local rag, the Sunshine Coast Daily? Yeah? No. That hasn’t happened and you haven’t asked for it! But here’s my column from last week (Friday August 8 2014), which they actually printed without editing very much. Mostly, this column, somewhere between submitting and printing, has become a dead easy “What’s On?” list of things to see on the Sunshine Coast and often I’ll begin it with a comment on the state of the local arts scene. But I always wanted to throw into this space some of the harder questions too. Like, what is it we’re all doing? And, why are we doing it? And, what’s the use of reviewing what we’re doing if we continue to do just exactly what we’ve always been doing? #justasking

 

What makes this much more interesting than the fact that I felt the need to write it in the first place, is the way it was presented on the page, beneath a photo I didn’t submit, beside a “review” that no one saw coming because the other columnist on the page tends to write exclusively about his own theatre company and their productions. Isn’t media manipulation a funny thing? Separated, and published over different weeks, a parallel would not have even been drawn, but due to savvy editing and fascinating timing (could be a full moon thing), I came under fire on social media for presenting an opinion with which some people didn’t agree.

 

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As I’ve explained to concerned friends and family over the weekend, I’m a blogger, I’m a writer, I’m a reviewer, and because I’m confident enough to put myself out there, it’s no surprise (and certainly not the end of the world!), when somebody has a problem with something I’ve said. I know they’d like to think they are all-powerful and all-knowing, with a convincing enough argument to band together a legion of fans in a vitriolic thread (for what purpose, I don’t know), but you know what? I’ve come to realise the trolls and haters who comment without thinking first are just little wizards of oz, hiding their insecure, trembling, self righteous little selves behind a great big curtain called a keyboard. Sam and I agree (What? I know! Surprise!), I must still be so naive! Because it genuinely surprises me every time to see somebody’s true colours online. Do they actually think they’re anonymous on Facebook?! Do they genuinely not realise that everyone knows everyone on Facebook?! OOPS! HA! I used to worry more about them and their opinions, and I do – of course I do – feel the awful sting of a snide remark or cruel comment. Who doesn’t? But then, and I thank you Brisbane community for helping me to move on after some interesting learning experiences, including Jekyll & Hyde and The Truth About Kookaburras, I take a breath and look at how wonderful every day is. Other than travelling the world (and we’re working on it!), we actually have everything we have set out to get. And we do love giving back. It makes me wonder what sort of lives the haters have. I learned very early, at school, that kids with less confidence would say whatever it took to make themselves feel better (but did they really feel better? Really?)… It’s actually laughable. I actually can’t believe some of the things people feel comfortable saying on social media. I wonder why they don’t say them to my face? I see them often enough! The Sunshine Coast is not a big pond! Isn’t it funny to really see someone for who they are? Luckily, I’m blessed with actual friends, and a supportive family and husband who are able to point out to me if I ever forget it –

 

 

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Now let’s get some things straight, just in case you’ve been following the wrong Facebook threads.

 

Sam and I have only ever been supportive of local community theatre but the truth is, we are in the game now for slightly different reasons. In addition to “having fun” and being social, we want to continue to produce professional productions. We’re so proud of our original pieces, and of our recent success at Noosa Long Weekend Festival. It’s true, we expect a higher standard from everybody involved in our productions and THAT’S WHY WE PAY THEM. This is the fundamental difference between what we do and what is accomplished by the haters involved in their amateur groups. There is always going to be merit in treading the boards for free and for fun – it’s how we learned a heap of basic skills and developed enormous confidence too – but we decided a few years ago to try to make it pay, and now that it does so we’ll continue to focus on doing more of the same. You can argue that the quality of the productions are the same as your amateur efforts but in actual fact they’re usually not. How do I know? Because I’ve seen what you’ve been doing. And in the past there have been times when you’ve asked for feedback and I’ve offered it. Whether or not you’ve taken it on board, or even used it as a starting point to simply reconsider or reflect on what it is you’re doing, has been up to you. And we’ve certainly seen you improve…or not.

 

To see that I’m right, you should really get out more. Go see “good” theatre. Go see MORE theatre so you start to see for yourself what “good” looks like. You never have to take my word for it! Quite simply, Sam and I set our own standards and with a production budget we can afford to see that we reach them. We have a core ensemble – and it’s a true ensemble – and we will always welcome into that awesome little team, people with a professional approach to match our own. If you’re a performer (or stage manager or designer or techie) aspiring to greater heights, let us know. You don’t have to work for free anymore on the Sunshine Coast! Hooray! On the other hand, if you’re happy to do so, if you’re totally okay with the way you’re currently presenting on stage (and off), go ahead and keep supporting your local community group and having a ball! Cheers!

 

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So. Sam is still the President of the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, I’m still writing the column for the paper, we are both on the Noosa Long Weekend Festival board and programming committee, I’m on the Matilda Committee, and we are still directing, coaching, consulting, emceeing, promoting and supporting many local artists and events for free. We actually do far more for free, still, than for dollars. And that’s okay too, although we are more selective now about the people and charities we choose to support. We can only do so much. But we truly value community theatre so we continue to support it. We’ve always walked the talk. I thought that much was pretty obvious but I guess when some-unenlightened-body gets a bee in their bonnet they forget the big picture. It actually infuriates me momentarily, to see and hear criticism from those who purport to know us or to know better. But, sure, you’re entitled to your opinion too. Just maybe think twice before putting it online.

 

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SCD Arts Friday August 8 2014

 

We know the Sunshine Coast has talent, and some of us can even recognise excellence when we see it on stage, however; I miss the days of legitimate local theatre reviews, which we used to enjoy via this publication, thanks to an arrangement with Ian Austin, professional playwright and critic. Those of us involved in theatre at the time remember our early Saturday morning race to buy the Sunshine Coast Daily for Mr Austin’s insightful write-ups of local productions. Not only did the reviews provide valuable feedback from a respected theatrical identity, they gave potential audience members valid reasons to consider which productions they might be interested in supporting.

 

It’s all very well for each community theatre group to promote their own production, or for enthusiastic cross-promotion to continue happening – after all, we should be supporting each other’s endeavours – but to blatantly mislead the public and the talent about the standard of a local show when one has recently attended no other local shows with which to compare it is outrageous and irresponsible.

 

To my understanding, a review is certainly one’s personal response to a production, but it should also offer some truth in terms of what audiences may expect to experience at a show. This requires broad knowledge, an open mind and the acceptance that honesty does not necessarily initiate or nurture friendships.

 

Amongst my peers, the theatre reviewers feel a degree of responsibility to the creatives, but also to audiences. Over the last five years I have attended, on average, 1-2 professional theatrical productions a week, and during festival time that number increases. What kind of reviewer would I be if I proclaimed every production just as excellent as the next? Or a mediocre production the most impressive? I don’t presume to help box office sell tickets – that’s what marketing collateral is for – but I do appreciate the opportunity to offer people a fair assessment of a show, allowing them to make up their own minds as to whether or not they might enjoy it.

 

It’s an unfortunate fact that theatre reviewing in this country is not valued enough by the industry, nor by the publications who seek content (both in print and online) to provide any remuneration for the job. Perhaps if it were a paid position, and genuine feedback was taken on board by those who insist on putting productions together, our audiences could reasonably expect a greater degree of excellence on local stages and attend the theatre more often, which in turn would help to sell tickets and keep our local theatre thriving. I wonder what the theatre companies, venues, councils and arts funding bodies might think of that? What do you think?

 

 

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Next up, Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance is hosting the largest theatre festival on the South East Queensland Drama circuit. This means, starting this Friday, we’ll be at The Lind, Nambour, for 10 days of workshops, forums, debates and one-act plays. We have a record number of youth entries across the final weekend of the festival and some new and familiar faces competing in the open section, which takes place this weekend.

 

 

Forum Panellists are Mahana Currie, Robyn Ernst (BYTE), Ian Mackellar (Noosa Long Weekend Festival) and Ian Williams, discussing Sunshine Coast Theatre – Past, Present, Future. The debate will see Mark Darin (MIX FM), Joy Marshall and Marina de Jager argue the merits of musical theatre with Gail Denver, Errol Morrison and Frank Wilkie. These events cost just $5 to attend and give you the chance to mix with the local makers and lovers of live theatre.

 

 

We welcome special guest adjudicator, Margi Brown Ash, Director of Hedonism’s Second Album, which opens on Thursday night at La Boite.

 

 

For SCTF14 details and bookings check out livetheatre.com.au

 

 

 

 

01
Apr
14

Sunshine Coast Arts Friday March 28 2014

 

SCD Arts Friday March 28 2014

 

Xanthe Coward

 

Sometimes this post is a bit late so to cover all bases and not miss anything arts related on the Sunshine Coast you should probs buy the Sunshine Coast Daily on a Friday (yes, on a Friday now. How is that working for you? Did you prefer the Saturday section? I know I did!). I post the column here anyway, and it’s just as well because that means I can highlight here for you the MUST SEE events each week!

 

This week, it’s Songs of Love and War for ONE NIGHT ONLY THIS SUNDAY APRIL 6 at 6pm at Noosa Arts Theatre. It’s actually a house concert. That’s right. Sam and I are hosting and you’re invited! We’ll have our Twenty8 oils burning and the cash bar open so you’ll feel right at home. Come on down for a relaxing, enjoyable evening with friends at our second home. It will cost you just $25 (or just $20 if you’re a student or pensioner) to catch two amazing singer/songwriters – Francesca de Valence and Emma Dean – in the one all ages show. The girls are off on a whirlwind tour so we’re very lucky to have them stop by in Noosa. Remember, to get your invitation email xanthe@xsentertainment.com.au and bring your cash on the night. Invitations available at the door so tell your friends but be warned: STRICTLY LIMITED NUMBERS. Cash bar from 5:30pm.

 

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We’ve had a facelift!

 

No, not me, though I’m sure I’m almost due for one. Check out the new-look Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance website livetheatre.com.au designed by the talented team at Noosa’s Design Central. This is your one stop shop for production and audition details on the Sunshine Coast. Book tickets and keep up to date with Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival news, auditions, workshops and special events for local performers and lovers of live theatre.

 

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Intensive Improvisation Workshops

 

Sunshine Troupe Inc will host a series of intensive improvisation workshops with a difference – learn strategies to work with people of all abilities in the creation of fun skits ready to be performed at the end of the one-day workshops. Your skit will be considered for inclusion in the new Sunshine Coast Community Inclusive Theatre Restaurant due to “pop up” later this year. Work under the guidance of 25-year experienced Florence Teillet and her team, to learn valuable improvisation skills and new ways of creating opportunities for people with unique abilities. Cost $10 (includes refreshments). Numbers limited. Saturday April 5 at 9:30am – 12:30pm at Parent to Parent, corner of Connection Road & Aurshire Road (near The Big Cow). Bookings veronica_wain@yahoo.com.au or call 0433 433 204

 

Four Weddings and an Elvis

 

Sandy, the four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas has seen her fair share of matrimonies. Four of her most memorable are featured in this fun musical. Coolum Civic Centre March 28 & 29 at 7:30pm and March 30 at 2pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au or call 5446 3500

 

Deathtrap

 

Ira Levin’s intriguing murder mystery, directed by Chris Mills, will enthrall audiences from start to finish. A devilish play within a play. The Lind, Nambour April 4, 5, 9, 11 & 12 at 8pm and April 6 & 12 at 2pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au or call 5441 1814

 

Oriana Choir Showcase Concert

 

Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir will present their showcase concert for one performance only on April 6 at 2pm. Bookings livetheatre.com or call 0431 542 343

 

Songs of Love and War

 

XS Entertainment presents Emma Dean and Francesca de Valence in Songs of Love and War, in a house concert style show at Noosa Arts Theatre. One night only Sunday April 6 at 6pm. Cash bar available. Limited numbers. Invitation only. To get your invitation email xanthe@xsentertainment.com.au

 

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Pirates to Pinafore

Following the tradition of Promac Productions previous smash hit musicals The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance comes the wonderfully entertaining new production Pirates To Pinafore. With an all-star cast featuring Australian musical theatre and London West End star Philip Gould as Sir Arthur Sullivan, alongside the hilarious veteran comic actor Brian Hannan as W.S Gilbert, international soprano Alison Jones as Leonora Braham and Chris McKenna as Richard D’oyly Carte, Pirates To Pinafore delivers all the hits and highlights of Gilbert and Sullivan’s thirteen operas in a cascade of tremendous solos, duets and trios. Noosa Arts Theatre for April 11 & 12 at 7:30pm and April 12 at 1pm & 13 at 2pm. Bookings livetheatre.com.au or call 5443 9343

 

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19
Aug
13

Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival 2013 Results

SUNSHINE COAST THEATRE FESTIVAL 2013 RESULTS

 

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What a MASSIVE weekend! Our best Festival yet! Were you there? Which was your favourite play? The Audience Choice award went to one of my favourite productions GOD OF CARNAGE.

 

Best Play went to my other favourite production 10 000 Cigarettes. These performances served as perfect examples of finding and playing truthfully the bitter reality that makes really good comedy, the need for bold and insightful direction, and the impact of exceptional ensemble work.

 

In previous years I’ve been able to commit to attending the festival in its entirety and taking my own notes each session, as well as sharing the adjudicator’s comments. This year I couldn’t say NO to a few events and deadlines either side of the festival! Speaking of deadlines, there’s one looming so let’s wrap up this post!

 

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Congratulations to all involved, and thank you to the committee and the hard working volunteers. The festival would not go ahead without you.

 

Loved that our Adjudicator, Andrea Moor, commented on the lack of Brisbane faces in the audience and we’re hoping that we see more of you up here in the future.

 

Come up for a weekend of theatre and beautiful beaches!

 

Andrea will tell you how good the Peninsula is. And yes, we agree with you – the standard of theatre needs to be consistently good to get you here more often – and that’s what we’re working so hard to achieve year ’round as the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance. We know we’re well on the way! P.S. Look out for some BIG changes in the way companies will need to secure their place in next year’s Sunshine Coast festival!

 

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ADJUDICATOR’S AWARD – sponsored by The Lind Theatre, Nambour

Winner:                     10,000 Cigarettes, Miranda’s Dressing Room

 

1st CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Jacqui Mata Luque for writing and Directing Context

 

2nd CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Kate Cullen for directing Roman Fever

 

3rd CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Crain Taylor for directing The Big Cats

 

4th CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Rainee Skinner for writing and acting in the boy in the cardboard box

 

5th CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

John McMahon for directing and design for Anything But Barefoot Bowls

 

6th CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION – Sponsored by 104.9 Sunshine FM

Jennifer Rousset for acting in Context

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY  (female) – sponsored by BATS Theatre Co Inc

Commended:           Jennifer Rousset,  Context

Winner:                     Sharon Grimley, God of Carnage

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (female) – sponsored by Oriana Arts Inc

Winner:                     Kate Cullen, God of Carnage

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY (male) – sponsored by SRT Inc

Winner:                     Frank Wilkie, God of Carnage

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (male) – sponsored by BATS Theatre Co Inc

Winner:                     Brett Klease, God of Carnage

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA (female) – sponsored by Coolum theatre Players

Commended:            Karen Peart, The Big Cats

Winner:                        Marilyn Davis, Roman Fever

 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (female) – sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council

Winner:                     Jan Paterson, The Big Cats

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA (male) – sponsored by Noosa Arts Theatre

Winner:                     Florian Coste, Limbus

 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (male) – sponsored by The Lind Theatre, Nambour

Winner:                     Les Chappell, The Big Cats

 

BEST SET DESIGN – The Gordon Leeder MEMORIAL Perpetual Trophy and $100 – sponsored by Caloundra Chorale & Theatre

Commended:           Anything But Barefoot Bowls, SAD Theatre Co

Winner:                      10,000 Cigarettes,  Miranda’s Dressing Room

 

BEST UNPUBLISHED SCRIPT –  The Philip Chappell Memorial Perpetual Trophy  and $100 sponsored by The Independent Theatre at Eumundi

Commended:         the boy in the cardboard box, Theatre s

Context,  BATS Theatre Co

Limbus, IntAct Players

Winner:                     Anything But Barefoot Bowls,  SAD Theatre Co

 

BEST DIRECTOR  – $100 – sponsored by Don & Shirley Anson-Smith

Commended:           Kate Cullen, Roman Fever

Craig Taylor, The Big Cats

Winner:                      Simon Denver, God of Carnage

 

BEST PLAY

Commended:           Roman Fever, Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Co

 

3RD BEST PLAY – $100 – sponsored by Fox Mildwaters Solicitors

Winner:                     The Big Cats, Ipswich Little Theatre Society

 

2ND BEST PLAY – $200 – sponsored by Colin & Lea Anne Grevett

Winner:                     God of Carnage, Suncoast Repertory Theatre & The Lind

 

BEST PLAY – The Bev McCudden Memorial Perpetual Trophy and $300 – Peninsular Beachside Resort

Winner:                     10,000 Cigarettes

 

AUDIENCE CHOICE – $100 – sponsored by Noosa Arts Theatre Inc

Winner:                     God of Carnage

 

MORE PICS COMING SOON!

 

 

16
Aug
13

The 33rd Annual Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival

 

3 days  – 18 short plays from all over South East Queensland!

Just like a short film festival… only live!!!

Theatre companies from across South East Queensland converge on the Sunshine Coast to compete in this 3 day smorgasbord of live theatre.Great value for money and always an amazing variety of short plays throughout the weekend.

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Lights, Camera, Spandex!

When:  August 16, 17 & 18 (Various session times)

The Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Inc is proud of the history of this event, more so when the festival will be staging 22 plays from around the greater South East this year between the Open and Youth Sections.

So, welcome both players and audience members alike to beautiful Buderim.

There is a great sense of family within the Festival community and we would like all theatre-makers to view our Festival as the place you can relax, unwind and play. You, the audience, will be witness to the wonderful creative cocktail that has brought everyone together, to share their talents and wholly entertain.

Don’t forget to support our Youth Theatre Festival at The Lind Theatre next Saturday August 24. We encourage all of you to attend this part of our festival as the talent amongst this group will astound and will surely be the breeding ground of the future talent on all our stages. And to that end, we are excited to announce the Youth Bursary has been increased from $200 to $1,000 thanks to the generous sponsor—Coolum Theatre Players. A huge investment in the future of theatre on the Sunshine Coast.

Our adjudicator this year is Andrea Moor. Please make her feel welcome.

An event of this scale and calibre is not possible if it were not for the tireless efforts of an army of volunteers, and like the Festival Circuit, the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance, comprising of BATS Theatre Co, Coolum Theatre Players, Oriana Arts, Suncoast Repertory Theatre, The Lind Theatre and Noosa Arts Theatre, has a growing sense of family that have all contributed their time, talents and expertise to making the Festival what it is.

Nor would it be possible without the wonderful support from our sponsors and our media partners: the Sunshine Coast Daily; ABC Coast FM; 104.9 Sunshine FM; and 101.3 Noosa Community Radio; whose generosity is greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to: our team leaders; programme compiler, Stephen Moore; and publicity dynamo Synda Turnbull.

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Adjudicator: Andrea Moor

Andrea Moor has worked nationally and internationally as an actor over the last 30 years.

A NIDA graduate, Andrea has studied at East 15 in London and with The Atlantic Theatre Co in New York. She was responsible for introducing the acting technique Practical Aesthetics to Australia in 1994, co-founding PAA Australia, and the Sydney annex of the Atlantic Theatre Company of New York.

Andrea’s extensive credits as an actor include many productions with the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Griffin Theatre Company,

The Ensemble, The State Theatre Company of SA, Pork Chop, Marian Street and since her move to Brisbane ten years ago, The Queensland Theatre Company and La Boite. She has also worked extensively in film and television both as an actor and a performance coach.

Supported by an Arts Queensland fellowship Andrea moved into directing, establishing her own company …and moor theatre. The company produced the Australian premiere of Jon Fosse’s Beautiful and offered writer Ross Mueller the opportunity to rework his play Ghost Writer in a production at Metro Arts.

In 2011 Andrea directed the Australian premiere of Mark Swivel’s Water Falling Down for the Queensland Theatre Company and this year Andrea has received glowing reviews for her production of the Australian premiere of David Ives Venus in Fur, again for QTC. Directing credits also include Intimacy for JUTE, Furious for NIDA, Mad Forrest and Dreamplay for the NIDA Young Actors Studio, Top Girls for WAAPA and The Tempest for USQ Shakespeare in the Park. Andrea will be directing a project for QTC in 2014.

Andrea is a dedicated teacher and has just completed a Doctorate of Creative Industries (QUT) where her final paper was a comparative study of the efficacy of the acting training methodologies taught at NIDA, QUT, VCA and WAAPA.

Anything But Barefoot Bowls

Anything But Barefoot Bowls

Cost: Festival Pass $40, Session Pass $15 (4 plays per session). 
(Visa and MasterCard Credit and Debit Cards accepted. NO eftpos facilities at venue)

THE BAR IS OPEN!

 

SEE YOU THERE!

SESSION 1 – FRIDAY AUGUST 16 7:30pm

Wishful Thinking (Mousetrap Theatre Co)

the boy in the cardboard box (theatre s)

The Blackness of Terror (Dizzy Productions)

Context (BATS Theatre Co Inc)

SESSION 2 – SATURDAY AUGUST 17 1:00pm

The Harvest (Jigsaw)

Smitten (Dizzy Productions)

Roman Fever (Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Co)

SESSION 3 – SATURDAY AUGUST 17 7:00pm

In The Blood (KSP Theatre)

10, 000 Cigarettes (Miranda’s Dressing Room)

Anything But Barefoot Bowls (SAD Thetare Co)

God of Carnage (Suncoast Repertory Theatre & The Lind)

SESSION 4 – SUNDAY AUGUST 18 10:00am

Void (Brisbane Arts Theatre)

Triangle (Down Stage Left)

LIMBUS (IntAct Players)

Hoosierdaddy (Excalibur Theatre Co)

SESSION 5 – SUNDAY AUGUST 18 2:00pm

Til Death Do We Part (Pegasus Entertainment)

Lights, Camera, Spandex! (Golden Glove Productions)

The Big Cats (Ipswich Little Theatre Society)

ALL OPEN SECTION PLAYS ARE PERFORMED AT THE Buderim War Memorial Hall

SUNSHINE COAST YOUTH THEATRE FESTIVAL SATURDAY AUGUST 24 AT THE LIND

23
Jul
12

Brisbane Arts Theatre Drama Festival Results

Well, that was a big weekend! I adjudicated the Brisbane Arts Theatre’s 24th Annual Drama Festival. You will see the results below and, when I have a moment and I’ve posted last week’s reviews for my intrepid reviewers, Meredith and Michelle, I’ll post my comments, which I talked through before presenting the awards last night. Apparently this is slightly unusual? I thought it was important to provide some specific feedback for each group and, as a performer myself, I know the value of contextualising the feedback another company receives. We all slip into the same bad habits sometimes and it’s a great reminder – especially when everybody has enjoyed all of the plays – to talk through each production. Companies will, of course, also receive electronic copies of the comments that apply specifically to their production. I saw lots of nodding heads and smiling faces as I was going through my notes but even so, I reminded the players that my opinion is only one opinion and, as we well know, I have my critics too!

I’m super impressed with the overall standard at this year’s Brisbane Arts Theatre Drama Festival and I look forward to the next opportunity that I have to see so much theatre in the one place, over just one weekend (17th – 19th August at Buderim Memorial Hall), at the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival. If you’re up for it, come for the weekend (a Festival Pass will set you back just $35). If you’re around for the following Saturday (25th August at Lind Lane Theatre) come and support our Youth Theatre Festival. Keep an eye out soon for our upcoming TVC on local Channel 7.

We’re absolutely delighted to welcome our Sunshine Coast adjudicator for this year, Kate Foy.

There are other festivals happening in the meantime (Beenleigh? Sandgate?). Check out the Facebook group (thank you, John McMahon, for your kind words over there!), or the host theatre company websites for details.

Congratulations to everybody involved in the wonderful productions at Brisbane Arts! Next up for Brisbane Arts Theatre is an improvised show, created by one of our winners, Natalie Bochenski and Impro MafiaCritical Hit, an off-the-cuff fantasy comedy, in which the audience makes up the rules!

To the team at Brisbane Arts Theatre, congratulations on a successful, enjoyable festival and thanks again for having me!

P.S. Girls, I wore leggings and a drape top from blackmilkclothing.com and my amazing array of teas included Coconut Chai, Rose with French Vanilla and Italian Almond!

Youth Awards:

Best Actor
Daniel Taylor (Gossip)

Best Supporting Actor
Myles van Ryan (Mack in Gossip)

Best Actress
Aleisha Deryk (Jill in Humpty)

Best Supporting Actress
Tegan MacDonald (Mary Mary & Old Mother Hubbard in Humpty)

BestDirector
Amy Ingram and Natalie Trust (Gossip)

Best Play
Gossip

Second best play
Whatever Happened to Humpty

Third best play
The Pirate Game

Best Backstage Conduct

Fractal Theatre Company (The Pirate Game)

Adjudicator’s Awards
1. Dominic Stevenson (Captain Blackheart in The Pirate Game)
2. Kai Stevenson (Short John in The Pirate Game)
3. Archie Horneman-Wren (the Guard in The Pirate Game)
4. Finn Riodan (Old King Cole in Whatever happened to Humpty?)
5. Isobel Rose (Phoebe in Gossip)

YouthLeadershipAward
Fractal Theatre Company

 

Open Awards

Best Actor – Drama
Ben Dyson (Who the Fuck is Erica Price)

Best Actor – Comedy
Reagan Warner (Level 12)

Best Supporting Actor
Mark Lucas

Best Actress – Drama
Susan O’Toole

Best Actress – Comedy
Anna McMahon

Best Supporting Actress
Kate Cullen

Best Director
Shirley Lucas

Best Play
Narcissistica

Second Best Play
Who the Fuck is Erica Price?

Third Best Play
Downsize

Best Australian Script
Who the Fuck is Erica Price?

by Sarah Brill

Most Creative Set Design
Level 12

Best Backstage Conduct

Golden Glove Productions (Level 12)

Adjudicator’s Awards
1. Elodie Boal (Writer, Performer: Crush)
2. Sarah McMahon (Writer, Performer: I’m a Pisces, He’s an Asshole)
3. Karen Peart (Performer: All For the Nation)
4. Alison Kerr (Dir: Who the Fuck is Erica Price?)
5. Natalie Bochenski (Writer, Director & Performer: Downsize)

Special mentions to:

Kirsty, Shirley and Michelle (Narcissistica)

David Breen (Freedom)

Sue Sewell (Still Life)

Downstage Theatre Company (Cut!)

 

Level 12 Golden Glove Productions

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Level 12 which performed at Brisbane Arts this weekend. Reagan Warner won Best Actor in a Comedy and the team won Best Backstage Conduct- nice work Reagan and team! And a very special award went to Nick Beck for his set creation of the elevator in Level 12, winning Most Creative Set Design! We asked Nick if he could design an elevator frame that could beset up in 10min., striked in 5min., fit onto 9 different stages and be collapsable enough to be packed into a Toyota Yaris. We asked, and he created! Well done Nick! Nick and Bronte Salmond also added some extra supports to the set this year to make it even more safe and sturdy than it already was. Thank you for your creativity, generosity and design work. And just to make this award even more special, this is the Jo Peirce Memorial Shield, our beloved friend and mentor who we are sure was watching us from her seat all weekend. We said the show was for you Jo xx 

– Kate Beck Golden Glove Productions

 




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