Feast of theatre

EIGHTEEN theatre groups from across south-east Queensland will compete this weekend at Ipswich Little Theatre's 55th One Act Play Festival.

The 21 plays will make up an exciting weekend of theatre, according to festival director Suzanne Matulich.

She has had a taste of this year's festival circuit, having already won awards at Strathpine and Dalby festivals in the past month with a play she directed, Impromptu.

Casts and crew will visit Ipswich's festival from Dalby, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Caboolture.

The play festival is held at the Incinerator Theatre, Burley Griffin Drive, Ipswich, from August 7 to 9.

“There are four intermediate plays and 17 in the open section,” Ms Matulich said.

“Play genres are a mix of comedy, farce, black comedy, psychological drama and absurdism.

“A new trend in festival entries is for independent groups to write, direct and star in their own new plays - any of which are scooping the pool of awards.

“A Fully Sick Fairy Tale, Why? and Train of Thought are all written and directed by locals Craig Taylor and Tony Erhardt.”

Ipswich Little Theatre (ILT) is busy this month with celebrations to mark its 40th year in the historic Incinerator building, Queens Park.

A display of photos and memorabilia has opened at the Ipswich Art Gallery, the theatre's former performance space.

Tickets for the One Act Play Festival are available at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre - call 3281 0555 to book.



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