FIRST-TIME FINALIST: Brisbane Playwright Debra Chalmers.
FIRST-TIME FINALIST: Brisbane Playwright Debra Chalmers. Contributed

Laughs and drama make festival final

THERE will be two comedies and one drama on offer at this year's 35th annual One-Act Play Festival at Noosa Arts next month. And tickets are selling like hot cakes, so book now if you want to see these award-winning plays.

The three finalists in the 2012 Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition are: The Boy in the Cardboard Box, a drama by Rainee Skinner (Maroochydore); Here's the Thing, an hilarious farcical comedy by Debra Chalmers (Brisbane); and Three Angry Brides, a comedy by past winner and three-time finalist Hugh O'Brien (Brisbane).

First-time finalist Debra Chalmers is ecstatic at being chosen, as this is the first time she has entered the competition.

Her comedy Here's The Thing is a tale of sisters Amanda and Carolyn who did not expect to have much more than blinding headaches on the morning after their big night out on the town.

But finding a passed-out young man on their couch makes you ask the question: What the hell did you do last night?

If only they could remember.

Starring highly experienced actresses Jenni McCaul and Jodie Bushby as the sisters, under the direction of Jane Rivers, this fast-paced farce is bound to be a hoot.

The three new one-act plays will be performed each night and the audience will vote for the Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award.

The winner of this year's Best Play will be announced after the final performance on Saturday, June 16, where $3000 prizemoney will be presented to the winning playwright, along with the Audience Choice Award sponsored by Maverick Musicals and Plays.

When: June 7-9, 13, 14 and 15* at 7.30pm. Matinees: June 10 and 16* at 2pm. Cost: $26, concessions $22, group 10+ $20 (*except Noosa Longweekend performances).

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