Retro Replays is part of Noosa Arts Theatre’s 50th birthday celebrations.
Retro Replays is part of Noosa Arts Theatre’s 50th birthday celebrations.

Retro Replays celebrate blasts from the past

NOOSA Arts Theatre’s 50th birthday celebrations will be held this year.

And to commemorate this, organisers will bring back three of the most loved one-act plays from the National One Act Playwriting Competitions for Retro Replays.

After 43 years of great one- act productions, the three that have made the cut are: Nancy Cato’s Travellers Through The Night, John Cundill’s The Eulogy and Debra Chalmers Here’s The Thing.

Travellers Through the Night was performed as part of the first One Act Playwriting Competition in 1977 and was an adaptation of a short story Cato had written years prior. It is night at an interstate roadhouse cafe. A woman and a man are attracted to each other, but their lives are altered irrevocably by a serious accident involving a mysterious stranger. Director Sue Sewell is excited to be reimagining this classic and has cast local favourites Glen Miller, Tracey Simpson, Paul Wright and Tom Middleton.

Sewell joined Noosa Arts in the early ’80s and after a stint in the UK, returned to the Sunshine Coast to continue her involvement at Noosa Arts. She is happy to be directing the first Noosa Arts One Act Playwriting Festival winner.

The Eulogy, winning Audience Choice in 2008, is a poignant drama by Cundill in which a son decides to show his dying mother a draft of his intended eulogy for her funeral.

Director Liza Park is relishing working with stage greats Yvie Sommerville and Ian Mackeller. Although Park trained as an actor at NIDA, she has enjoyed her directorial efforts at Noosa Arts Theatre over the past decade.

She directed The Eulogy as part of the 2008 One Act Play Festival, and is thrilled to revisit it. Here’s The Thing won Best Play and Audience Choice at the Noosa One Act Play Competition in 2012 and has since been performed in Australia and overseas.

This is a raucous comedy about two sisters, Amanda and Carolyn, who didn’t expect to have much more than blinding headaches after their big night out on the town.

But finding a naked young man passed out on their couch makes them ask the question: what the hell did we do last night? If only they could remember.

Director Jenni McCaul is excited to be working with award-winning actors including Jannine Ritchie, Jane Rivers and Helen Smith.

The plays will be performed at Noosa Arts Theatre from next Thursday, February 13, to Saturday, February 22, at 7.30pm. Matinees are on February 15 and 16 at 2pm.

Proceeds from the opening night performance will be donated to a community theatre affected by the recent bushfire crisis. Book at noosaartstheatre.org.au

Facing the Silence

JOHN Mangan’s drama Facing the Silence, directed by Glenda Campi, explores the life and trial of a trailblazing woman.

A pioneer of nursing training with a strong sense of duty, Edith Cavell (Naomi Clasholm) found herself trapped in an occupied country surrounded by an English-hating German military hierarchy.

In the St Gilles Prison on Brussels, Norfolk nurse Edith Cavell is being held by the Germans, accused of treason, while running a teaching hospital in Brussels.

She has faced 60 days of near-solitary confinement, interrogation and now a trial.

Surely the Germans will not execute a woman?

Yet Cavell (performed by Naomi Clasohm) is facing another trial, alone in her cell. Sixty days alone with the only person who knows who Edith Cavell really is – herself.

Performances are at The Lind, Nambour, on February 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29 at 7.30pm and February 22 and 23 at 2pm. Book at thelind.com.au

D.I.V.E Theatre Collective

Members of the D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective in action. Picture: Vlad da Cunha
Members of the D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective in action. Picture: Vlad da Cunha

LEARN how to make theatre positively impact change in the community with D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective.

This Sunshine Coast collective uses theatre as a tool for reflection and social change, bringing performance and actor training to the heart of the community, generating discussion and inciting action.

Upcoming workshops include: Movement for Actors — Meyerhold’s Biomechanics (February 29-March 1).

Details at divetheatre.com

Dinkum Assorted

3BCREATIVE presents Dinkum Assorted for a strictly limited season in March.

In 1942 in Australia, 2000 Americans are posted near small-town Warrabadanga.

Fifteen women at the local biscuit factory battle to keep the biscuits baking and the home fires burning. Full of laughter, tears, music and memories, Dinkum Assorted is great accessible entertainment and a small slice of Australian social history.

Shows are at Buderim War Memorial Hall on March 20, 21 and 22 (five performances only). Book at trybooking.com or call 0400 570 880.



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