Play time in Foster

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Play time in Foster

Winning entry: Rosie Renye, James Shaw and Aynslie Watson in last year’s most outstanding production, Fur Better or Worse staged by the Hartwell Players. Photo: Elizabeth Richardson, Lifegames Photography.

A ONE act play festival gives the chance for a friendly theatrical competition.

The audience gets to see new plays, support their friends, meet new people and be thoroughly entertained.

It’s an exciting prospect for companies from all over Victoria to come together with the opportunity to showcase their talents to an audience not normally available to them.

The festival is  also a marvellous chance for local people to see some wonderful theatrical talent close to home and without spending a fortune.

Despite the competitive element, the Foster One-Act Play Festival, now in its eleventh year, 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.

It’s all on the menu as FAMDA hosts the Bendigo Bank One Act Play Festival at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14.

The 2011 festival will be bigger and better than ever with more entries than ever before and an offering of 18 plays over the two days of the festival.

Much of the attraction is thanks to the local Community Bendigo Bank, which has enabled FAMDA to offer well over $2000 in prize money, including $1000 prize money for the most outstanding play plus a trophy.

The first play each day will start at 10am and the theatrical activity will continue through the day, with short breaks between the plays to remove the old and set up new sets.

The festival is divided into five sessions with three or four plays in each. People are welcome to come and go during the course of the festival according to their availability or because of their interest in particular drama companies or styles of theatre.

Last year the winning play, Fur Better or Worse, came from the Hartwell Players who are returning again this year with three new plays for the festival.

Leongatha Lyric Theatre has entered two plays in this year’s festival: A Dog’s Life and Close to Croydon.

They will be in competition with entries from Gippsland companies from Bairnsdale, Moe, Foster and the Latrobe Valley as well as Melbourne groups based in Cheltenham, Edithvale, Essendon and Mount Waverly, even as far afield as Trentham.

Ticket prices are $8 per session, $15 for two or a complete festival pass for $20.

Festival passes and session tickets on sale at the door.

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