The inaugural Fast & Fresh competition was held in August 2005 at Riverside Theatres, one of Sydney’s premiere venues. Entries were received from schools all over Sydney including Waverley College, Abbotsleigh, Newtown High School of Performing Arts, St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, Normanhurst Boys School, Hills Grammar School, Powerhouse Youth Theatre & Bethlehem College. Fast & Fresh 2006 will build upon the success of the first competition, and will expand to include writers from many more schools and areas of Sydney. All plays entered must be 10 minutes or less in duration and must be written and performed by people who are 18 years of age or younger. Directors can be over 18 (for example a teacher, parent or other responsible adult)Each heat will involve 2 showings of 10 plays (once during the day and once in the evening). The best couple of plays from each heat will be picked to go into the final showcase of the festival.
Aims of Fast & FreshTo showcase the best new young writers, actors, directors and give new talent an opportunity to shine. To present a season of original short plays of 10 minutes or less that reflects quality writing, performance and production skills. To make theatre more accessible and affordable to a wider, and younger, audience.To inspire and educate young theatre practitioners to achieve higher levels of artistic quality. To encourage the production of high quality theatre works in a supportive environment. To encourage active participation in the theatre making by actors, writers and directors at all levels of skill and experience and thus foster growth in the theatre. To encourage people who have previously may not have done so to write for the theatre and thus encourage new playwrights throughout NSW and the rest of Australia.To allow young people with an interest in the arts to perform at some of Australia’s premier theatrical venues.
How To Be Involved in F&F:
– WRITE A SHORT PLAY! This can be about anything; the only restriction is that it has to be 10 minutes or less in duration. (See the attached rules for full instructions)
– Contact us to get an entry form (contact details at bottom)
– Rehearse the play ready for performance in May 2006. Find a director, assemble your castâ€¦and off you go!
– Present the play, and showcase the best that you and your school have to offer!
For more information on Fast & Fresh, or to obtain entry forms, please contact us:Neil Gooding / Mark ClearyNewtown Theatre
Mobile: 0410 502110 For further information, please visit our website: www.fastandfresh.org