LINE-UP FOR 24 HOUR THEATRE ILLAWARRA
7:30pm tonight for one night only
at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston
Last night our seven writers stayed awake and wrote an original short play from scratch. This morning, our actors received their scripts, and are now putting the finer touches on the plays they will perform for our audience tonight.
FAMILY DRAMA by Diana McLaren
Inga Silfr, Ethan Gomez, Charmain Sharp, and Maxwell Tassell
This short play looks at the dynamics of family with a sense of fun. When Mum and Dad are fighting the children intercede to stop the argument in a very strange way. As they all discuss the best way to make everyone happy. As they slowly begin to realise that all their doing is making themselves unhappy they get more and more desperate till there’s nothing left to try.
THE QUALITY OF LIFE by Sevgi Murphy
Sophie Bentley, Natalie McConchie, Beth McGoldrick-Fuller
THE QUALITY OF LIFE follows the fictional story of Alice; a once exuberant teenager who is currently experiencing a Major Depressive Episode. It portrays the devastating feeling of isolation which many sufferers encounter as a consequence of stigma and lack of education surrounding mental illness. Furthermore, THE QUALITY OF LIFE attempts to highlight that Depression presents not just as sadness but rather as a range of moods and behaviours.
THE HUMAN TRAP by Alexander Cuff
Vu Moyo, Dylan Horvat, Jarrod Sleiman, James Turnball, and Alex Groombridge
Martin Smith is the last surviving human in the universe. So, naturally, poachers want him dead. The latest in a long line of bounty hunters trying to claim his head are a cold, unfeeling scientist and his emotional robot, as well as an alien and his imperfect clone. Will Martin survive… the Human Trap?
HOTEL ASPEN II: JANITORIAL INDESCRETION
by ACE A. POVEY-ROBERTSON
Bernadette Le Mesurier, Kim Hobbs, and Dave Tinelt
Two washed-up assassins finish up their last jobs, and prepare to retire. However, a young driver crashes into the train station and delays their departure. The two assassins take refuge from the rain in a terrible bar with an even worse bartender. Surely the train station will be cleaned up soon, right? Surely those rumours are nothing, right? Surely the bartender is doing those things with some sort of self-aware sense of humour, right? Ugh. Should have gone to Maccas.
IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON by Bradley Ward
Lisa Omodei, Kirra McGoldrick, Jen Jackson and introducing Charlotte Cuff
After explaining that their writer failed to write something worth staging, four actresses take to the stage to tell a simple noir story:
“Detective Charles Blaine is approached by an old flame to investigate a man who is blackmailing her. After a violent altercation with a wrongfully accused man, Charles finds himself in deep trouble…”
This simple story suffers at the hands of the actresses, who are unable to agree about anything, including who should be telling the story, or how it should be told. After getting distracted and derailed several times, the actors are able to find an ending that touches upon the nature of storytelling itself.
BALANCE AND FRICTION by David Rienits
Rebecca Wall, Monica Schwenke and Clara Staples
Sofia’s traumatic childhood sexual assault experience is causing her to develop symptoms of PTSD whilst at university. When her friend Holly doesn’t accept this explanation for her odd behaviour, is escalates into a full-blown argument with her supportive friend Jade, who may have a similar story to tell…
BADDA BING BADDA BANG by Tom Peach
Bryson Grenfell, Sam Lovell, Matthew Latham and Sam Sweeting
Tony has an arrangement with his best mate Peter. If either one of them is incapacitated, or worse, then they will get round to the other’s apartment and ‘mop up’ – removing any incriminating evidence of wrongdoing before older relatives arrive.
Now Peter has passed away Tony has to convince his friends to help him, break into the apartment, find the stuff, and decide what to do with it.
24 HOUR THEATRE ILLAWARRA
Saturday 2nd September 2017
Bridge Street Theatre, Coniston