Play time in Foster

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Play time in Foster

A ONE act play festival provides its participants with a friendly competition and its audience with a huge variety of entertainment with comedies and dramas, realistic plays and fantasy.
It is a great opportunity for our community to experience theatre by viewing a huge variety of plays close to home and without spending a fortune.
The one act play is the theatrical equivalent of the short story, where with few actors and a simple set and limited time, the playwright, director and actors is compelled to focus on particular characters, plot, narrative and ideas.
A good one act play should be a pretty intense experience.
FAMDA is playing host to its fourteenth festival of one-act plays this weekend, August 9 and 10 August, and people are invited to call in at the Foster Arts Centre any time from Saturday morning until late Sunday afternoon to sample a feast of theatrical delights.
People can choose to see every play in the festival or they can drop in for just a short while to view something of special interest or at a time which particularly suits them.
Thanks to enticing prize money made possible by generous sponsorship from the Toora and Foster Branch of the Bendigo Bank, this year FAMDA has attracted 20 entries to the festival.
The youth section will launch the festival at 9.30am on Saturday with plenty of local involvement coming from students from Foster and Toora primary schools plus Koonwarra Village School entering plays.
Tribes Theatre and Education, who run classes in both Foster and Leongatha, have entered two youth plays and Pop Culture Theatre from Melbourne is providing some extra competition.
The adult plays will be presented over three sessions, the first commencing at 2.15pm Saturday, an evening session starting at 7.30pm Saturday and the final run of plays beginning from 11am Sunday.
This year there are more Gippslanders to be seen on stage than in recent years.
Tribes’ adult entry is Still Life, a drama by Foster writer, Chris Dickins. Mike and Jo Street, David Tattersall and Melita Tough make up the cast that will perform on Saturday afternoon.
Here There and Everywhere Theatre from the Latrobe Valley and a new company called Impact Theatre based in Warragul will also be on stage on Saturday afternoon while Phillip Island Offshore Theatre will perform on Saturday night.
Melbourne companies coming to the festival include Pop Culture, Nuworks, Peridot, Warrandyte and Ark Theatre all of whom have won awards previously at the South Gippsland One-Act Play Festival.
Despite the competitive element, the Foster festival is always a friendly and social occasion, with audience members and theatre companies being given the choice of concert style seating or sitting at tables with their own drinks and nibbles.
Why not give it a try?
A festival pass entitles you to see every play in the festival for $25 or you can come for just a short while at $10 per session. Festival passes and session tickets will be on sale at the door throughout the festival.
Entry for the youth plays is just $5 for adults with children being admitted free.
Full details of the program schedule can be found on www.famda.org.au.

Back then: award winners at FAMDA’s 2013 One Act Play Festival, from left, Sean Hand, Brett Hyland, Imogen Martin, John Jennings and Genya Mik (Pop Culture Theatre); Jeanette Dunn, Meg Dunn and Peter Noble (Nuworks Theatre); Alison Drury (manager Foster Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank); Tom Blackburn and Fiona Carter (ARK Theatre); Michael Mace (Adelphi Players); and Edwin Coad (FAMDA president).

Back then: award winners at FAMDA’s 2013 One Act Play Festival, from left, Sean Hand, Brett Hyland, Imogen Martin, John Jennings and Genya Mik (Pop Culture Theatre); Jeanette Dunn, Meg Dunn and Peter Noble (Nuworks Theatre); Alison Drury (manager Foster Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank); Tom Blackburn and Fiona Carter (ARK Theatre); Michael Mace (Adelphi Players); and Edwin Coad (FAMDA president).

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