Festival Winners – One Act Plays

With theatre groups around Australia already thinking One Act Play seasons, our selections this month are absolute crackers – perfect for the Festival circuit – and great vehicles for your group to impress adjudicators with. All are audience pleasers, and ideal for a season of fresh one acters at your theatre.
Stumped for a theme? There’s the usual murder, love and mystery plays, and plenty more to choose from in our range.  You’ll find all our titles to peruse here and we’re happy to help with ideas, so feel free to contact me anytime.
Meanwhile, here are my recommendations for plays that we’re confident your group will have a hoot with – happy reading!
Gail Denver

Hot Spots

A newly published festival comedy that’s spot on for four actors, and already popular with audiences. An uptight control freak plans a relaxing afternoon for a few friends, but as the wine flows… secrets, lies and betrayals threaten to turn it into the lingerie party from hell. Read more

Do I?

A slice of life dramatic comedy that explores themes of family, love, marriage – and boobs. Read more.

Dotty’s Inheritance

This is another just published comedy by Debra Chalmers. Upon receiving the news that her dear brother Victor has passed, Dotty, a woman of advancing years, now finds herself the owner of the family business. A business that her daughters want to offload before they all end up in the headlines of the local paper. 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.

Hugh O’Brien’s plays are always popular. Here are three of his most contemporary comedies that would provide a fabulous season for any theatre group. 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.

Here are small cast dramas and comedies suitable 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.

Boxing Day

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.

God Willing

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.

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.

The Bench

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

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.

We’re Here to Help

With many more plays to choose from in our range, we hope you enjoy browsing our samples packages and find that perfect show for your group. Please contact me for a chat or send us an email about what you really need – and we’ll try our hardest to find you the right script!

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