Final Preparations For One Act Play Festival

A scene from last year's event

A scene from last year’s event

Final preparations are being made for tomorrow’s One Act Play Festival, part of Art Scilly Week.

It’s the second year the competition to find the best playwright on the islands has been run.

Each play is composed of a single act lasting around 20 minutes and the winners are awarded a trophy named in honour of Theatre Club member, Shirley Smith, who passed away last year.

Five local playwrights have submitted scripts this year including Steve Sims, who wrote this year’s pantomime, Mary Dean who won last year’s competition and theatre club regular, Maggie Perkovic.

Local newsagent and journalist, Clive Mumford has also written a play, as has festival organiser, Jenny Byers.

Jenny says she’s spent a fair bit of time writing her own script, based on her teenage dreams, and says it’s incredibly hard to write something down in a way that can be performed.

The refurbishment of the Town Hall has also meant a change of venue to the parish church. Jenny says this has caused some headaches with staging, particularly for entrances and exits, but says the acoustics are excellent.

The plays will be performed by theatre club members as ‘rehearsed readings’ with minimal costumes and props.

Professional scriptwriter, Paul Dodgson, is returning to judge this year’s competition and provide advise to the contenders. The winning play will be decided by a combination of the marks given by Paul and those voted for by the audience.

The One Act Play Festival will be in the Parish Church on Sunday at 2pm (doors open 1.30pm). Adults £5, children £2.