Competing for the array of awards on offer never dampens the sense of theatrical camaraderie in the air, as theatre companies around Australia carefully select plays to enter One Act Play Festivals to showcase their skills. The selection this month are plays that are perfect for the Festival circuit – tried and tested – and great vehicles for your group to impress adjudicators with. All are audience pleasers, and additionally, ideal for a season of one acters in your theatre. Hugh O’Brien’s plays are always popular. Here are three contemporary comedies that would also create a fabulous season together for any theatre group. Theme? Feral Husbands, Feral Cats and Feral Gas – Australia’s most pressing issues!
Husband Murderers Support Group
A group of long suffering wives meet weekly to help each other quell their desires to murder their dull, obsessive or cheating husbands. A one act, two murders, three women comedy! Read more.
The Traveller’s Table
Mayhem erupts when erotic Asian massage, a fake priest and feral cats collide! This fast moving, hilarious comedy poses the question “Why be yourself when it’s more fun to be someone else?” Read more.
The Deep Well of Loyalty
Set against the controversial backdrop of drilling for coal seam gas, this fast moving one-act drama proves that mining fractures more than the earth. Read more.
Jane Hultgren’shilarious new play is a brilliant vehicle for four female actors.
A slice of life dramatic comedy that explores themes of family, love, marriage and boobs. Read more.
And these small cast dramas and comedies are wonderful for any theatre group aiming to travel the Festival circuit with ease.
All My Love Paul
Touching and beautiful, All My Love Paul is a moving musing of the fragility and joy of life. Whilst the subject matter deals with terminal illness, the tone is never sombre. Poignant but at no time pretentious, this is a play sure to leave the audience discussing – ?what would you do in the same circumstances? Read more.
This one act play was winner of 23 awards – 2002. Read more.
At One Act Festivals, productions can sometimes blur into one, especially so after several sessions of plays. That?s not a dilemma your company will face if they stage Boxing Day – here?s a play that everyone, including the adjudicator will remember, and for all the right reasons. Read more.
Garbage, three homeless drifters find a place that offers a little shelter and seclusion. Read more.
Winner of the 2010 Noosa Playwriting Competition ‘Best Play of the Festival’ this intense drama will have audiences on the edge of their seats. Ideal for senior teens and drama groups and a sure Festival choice – 2 strong female roles. Read more.
Golf, Marriage and Other Murderous Matters
One definition of farce is that it’s all about ordinary people put into extraordinary situations ? and then watching them lie, cheat and claw their way out of it. Read more.
Here’s the Thing
Amanda didn’?t expect to have much more than a blinding headache after her big night out on the town with her newly divorced sister. Read more.
Into the Mist
Into the Mist looks at comedy actress Margaret Rutherford‘s later life, after the applause had faded, and the shadow that has hauntetd her life. Read more.
The people in this play know each other extremely well. The three friends, very relaxed in each other’s company, soon find what inhibitions they may have had washed away by a healthy sluicing of booze! Read more.
It’?s one thing to have a plan but another thing entirely to know what to do with it. Chaos reigns supreme in an undercover world of guns, espionage and hairy women. Read more.
A great choice for a festival play – at the 2013 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers One-Act Play Writing Competition The Bench was awarded both Best Play and the Audience Choice awards, garnering further awards at festivals since. Read more.
The Knock on the Door
this play explores how Australians, particularly women, have attempted to cope with the anxiety of loved ones fighting overseas. Read more.
Three Chairs! is a very funny and skillfully written show especially suited to those with a love of precise timing. With its minimal requirements in terms of props, setting and lights, Three Chairs! is an ideal vehicle for touring, whilst its running time and cast size make it a most attractive Festival play. Read more.
Top Ten Tips to Woo Your Wife
Sean is desperate to reignite the romantic flame with his wife Janice. Unfortunately, the only romance Janice seems interested in after fifteen years of marriage is within the pages of the romance novels which she reads avidly. Read more
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