Creative juices firing up for Flash Festival encore run

Short+Sweet Canberra festival director, Alex Broun. WOY Woy Little Theatre’s inaugural Flash Festival was such a hit last year that the company will hold a similar event in September, preceded by writing, directing and acting workshops.

The Flash Festival involves the writing and staging of 10-minute plays, each of which has to incorporate a key word into its action.

Last year, the word was “flash”, and plays this year will have to use “free” in any of its meanings or forms as an integral element of the script. Woy Woy Little Theatre held the Flash Festival last year following the loss of, first, the Central Coast Short+Sweet Festival, then in 2012 the Newcastle Short+Sweet Festival, which attracted Central Coast writers and actors.

Hunter writers entered last year’s event, with a play by Newcastle Theatre Company member Debra Hely being one of the 10 works chosen for performance.

Appropriately, Alex Broun, one of the founders of the Sydney Short+Sweet Festival, which has led to similar festivals around the world, will host a short play-writing weekend workshop from March 27 to 29 at Woy Woy’s Peninsula Theatre (the venue for all workshops and performances).

The workshop will introduce participants to the skills of writing a short play.

After the Saturday, March 28, workshop participants will write a short scene or 10-minute play at home, which will be workshopped by local actors on the Sunday.

Director Aarne Neeme, who is the patron of Newcastle Theatre Company, will lead the directing workshop on June 6 and 7, and voice and acting coach Gabrielle Rogers will take participants through the use of voices and movements at an acting workshop on June 20 and 21.

The Flash Festival itself will be conducted with four performances over three days from September 25 to 27, culminating in the announcement of the winners and trophy presentation following the Sunday afternoon performance.

The manager of Gosford City Council’s Peninsula and Laycock Street Theatres, Chris King, praised Woy Woy Little Theatre for taking the initiative and financially underwriting the Flash creative concept by about $20,000. The council assisted last year’s festival by keeping hiring rates for the Peninsula Theatre to a minimum.

Bookings for the workshops will open soon. See woywoylt苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au and ccflashfestival苏州美甲美睫培训学校 for details.