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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 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)

Amy Ingram and Natalie Trust (Gossip)

Best Play

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)

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

Second Best Play
Who the Fuck is Erica Price?

Third Best Play

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



Brisbane Arts Theatre 24th Annual Drama Festival


Brisbane Arts Theatre 24th Annual Drama Festival

Brisbane Arts Theatre 24th Annual Drama Festival begins tonight!

This is the fourth leg of the South East Queensland Drama Festival Circuit so we are well and truly underway! This morning, with the expertise of Simon Van der Spoel (Channel 7), we shot a fun TVC for the upcoming Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival. In the meantime, see what you can at Brisbane Arts Theatre this weekend!

Yours truly will be adjudicating. I’ll post all results here after the event.

From the early 1970s to 1987 The Brisbane Warana Drama Festival was staged each year at the Brisbane Arts Theatre and was one of the major theatrical events in Brisbane. When the Warana Festival folded, the Arts Theatre began the current Drama Festival, under its own banner. The first was held in 1988 and continues today!

There are two sections – Youth (for performers up to and including 18 years of age) and Open (for performers of all ages).

All tickets are $12.




Friday 20th July. 7.30pm curtain up.


1st – “Cut” Downstage Theatre Company (running time 40 mins)

2nd – “Downsize” Vanity Project (running time 30 mins)

3rd – “Freedom” KSP Theatre (running time 35 mins)


Saturday 21st July. 7.00pm curtain up.


1st – “Crush” The Hills Players Inc (running time 45 mins)

2nd – “Still Life” Miranda’s Dressing Room (running time 30 mins)

3rd – “I’m a Pisces, he’s an Asshole” SAD Theatre (running time 30 mins)

4th – “Level 12” Golden Glove Productions (running time 35 mins)


Sunday 22nd July. 9.30am curtain up: YOUTH SECTION


1st – “Gossip” Danceworks (running time 25 – 30 mins)

2nd – “The Pirate Game” Fractal Theatre (running time 35 mins)

3rd – “Whatever Happened to Humpty?” Fractal Theatre (running time 45 mins)


Youth Awards – approximate start time midday


After Youth Awards will be the Festival BBQ starting between 12.30pm and 1.00pm

$8/person for a delicious range of burgers, sausages and salads. As well as some delicious sweets kindly donated by Pamela’s Pantry, Caxton Street.


Pamela's Pantry Caxton Street


Sunday 22nd July later session. 3.00pm curtain up.


1st – “Narcissistica” Excalibur Theatre Company (running time 45 mins)
2nd – “Four-Play” Puddleduck Theatre Company (running time 40 mins)
3rd – “Who the F%$# is Erica Price?” – Brisbane Arts Theatre (running time 35 mins)


4th – “All For the Nation” Ipswich Little Theatre Society Inc (running time 30 mins)
5th – “Dead End” Crashbox Theatre Inc (running time 35 mins)


Adjudicator’s deliberation and Awards Ceremony – approximate start time 7:30pm


Level 12 Golden Glove Productions

Sarah Greenwood, Reagan Warner & Kate Beck will appear in Golden Glove Productions’ Level 12