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One act plays this weekend

AT a one act play festival audience members are offered a great variety of relatively short plays.

Festival rules state that each company has a maximum of ten minutes to set up their play and that they must have all of their set off the stage within five minutes afterwards so that the next group can begin.

There are usually about four plays in a session and people are welcome to come and go between the plays, stay for a whole session or see every play in the entire festival.

FAMDA is hosting its seventeenth one act play festival at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre this weekend.

Locals are invited to make the most of the chance to enjoy some (or even all!) of the huge variety of plays on offer at a friendly festival with great entertainment, good company, good heating and good old fashioned hospitality with seating in a combination of cabaret and concert styles.

The Young Players Festival kicks off proceedings at 9:30 am on Saturday August 19 and performances from Fish Creek based Nautilus Youth Theatre, Foster Primary School, Koonwarra Village School and Wesley College.

The entry fee for the Young Players Festival is just $5 for adults, children free, ideal family entertainment.

The main festival offers sixteen plays and is divided into four sessions, starting at 1.45pm and 7:30 on Saturday and at 9:30 and 1:30 on Sunday August 20.

Of special local interest are two FAMDA entries.

A delightful comedy, ‘The Wylah Valley Book Club’ by Edwin Coad, is the second play on the Saturday night bill with Lynn Atkinson, Judy Barnard, Dianne Berryman, Alison Hodgson, Jean Moore, Dianne Paragreen and Marg Rudge in the cast.

Sunday afternoon’s #2 play is ‘Bus Stop’ with Noel Stringer and Mike Street as two men who meet at a bus stop and change lives.

The complete festival play listing is available on line at famda.org.au. It lists by session all the plays in the festival with their duration, genre and censorship classification.

Have a look at the play schedule. There may be a particular play, or group of plays, you would like to see.

With a $25 festival pass people can come and go as much as they like. Entry for a single session costs $10 and it is possible to join a session in the breaks between plays.

Book festival and session passes on line at famda.org.au or simply buy tickets at the door prior to each session or during play set-up times.

Come and enjoy the low-cost fun and surprises of this fabulous festival right on your doorstep.

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