Foster One Act Play Festival

Saturday 10 August 2013 to Sunday 11 August 2013
9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Foster Arts Centre | Category: Festival

Pop Culture Theatre next travel to Ararat on 3rd & 4th August and Foster on 10th & 11th August where they will again compete with theatre groups from all over Victoria.

Pop Culture Theatre Wins

The 19th Annual Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival was held over the weekend 19th to 21st July, with Pop Culture Theatre taking out first prize for Best Production along with both the Runner Up award and Best Drama.

A total of sixteen plays, presented by six different theatre groups, were entered this year. Audiences enjoyed fairytale princesses, nervous ferris wheel passengers and troubled southern belles among the wide range of characters on offer. Adjudicated by Trish Schofield, a founding member of the Lyrebird Awards.

Kicked off admirably by the resident Gemco Players Community Theatre with ‘Walter and Merriam’ the festival brought together all the varied elements of classic theatre with drama, comedy, whimsy, reflection and tragedy all taking the stage. Evident too were elements not often seen in amateur theatre; body image issues, youth players taking on serious moral dilemmas, and one piece involving live instrumentals.

A sold-out evening session on Saturday saw Pop Culture Theatre present their winning entry, A One Act Passion. Having become known for unusual productions, they did not disappoint. The illusory programme entry led some to believe they were in for another heavy hitting drama, however the true nature of this rollicking adventure into the world of one-act plays was soon revealed. Playing on the under-funded nature of many amateur theatre groups, Aaron Toman & John Jennings’ script gave us a frustrated director, a diva, many support players, an evil bureaucrat, and the ever put-upon back stage crew. One of the many surprises of this piece was a pair of puppets, ostensibly spirits of the theatre, although definitely not Muppets. From Les Mis, to Abba, Phantom and the Boomtown Rats, the musical numbers played well to the appreciative audience. John Jennings’ direction of a large cast with several costume changes, along with singing and dancing numbers, was also awarded as the P eople’ s Choice for the festival. Judging by the laughs and rousing applause to close out the play, this was no surprise.

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