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AMI Ellerslie One Act Play Festival 2011

AMI Ellerslie One Act Play Festival 2011

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  • Thu 25 Aug ’11, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Fri 26 Aug ’11, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Sat 27 Aug ’11, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Sun 28 Aug ’11, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Tue 30 Aug ’11, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Wed 31 Aug ’11, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Thu 1 Sep ’11, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Fri 2 Sep ’11, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Sat 3 Sep ’11, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sat 3 Sep ’11, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
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Stables Theatre, Cnr Main Highway and Arthur St, Ellerslie


All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Evening (Group A or Group B): $20.00
  • Matinee (Group A or Group B): $15.00
  • Group A and B: $30.00

Comedy. Tragedy. Suspense. Romance.

You might find all of these genres in the third biennial AMI Ellerslie One Act Play Festival. This festival has become a highly coveted venue for playwrights to submit original works and as a mentoring event for new directors.

This year six plays, including five locally written premières, have been selected from a number of submissions with three plays being performed at each show. One act plays contain various themes, each accomplishing its own level of relevance with efficient use of dialogue and technical elements. Actors, directors and playwrights have been busy crafting these brilliant plays with an independent spirit into works of art that invoke laughter, compassion and inspiration. The result is a journey of emotions, making for a tremendously entertaining festival.

Book for two shows to see all plays. Some plays contain themes that may offend some people.

Group A
Seat of Power . Straight . Bonking James Bond
Thur 25, Sat 27, Wed 31, Fri 2 Sept, 8pm
Matinee . Sat 3 Sept, 2pm

Group B
Roleplay . The Spare Room . Roman Fever
Fri 26, Tue 30, Thur 1 Sept, Sat 3, 8pm
Matinee . Sun 28 Aug, 2pm

Group A
Seat of Power - Premiere
Written by Sally Sutton and directed by Beate Wiebel
Being married for 40 years is quite an achievement. It's time to celebrate for Helen and Vince. However with different ideas of how to do that plus son Troy competing with his father in a council election, the anniversary takes a sudden turn.

Straight - Premiere
Written and directed by Bruce Brown
On a late night rendezvous, a young man comes to re-examine his life. In facing his demons he makes a decision which will change lives forever.

Bonking James Bond - Premiere
Written by April Phillips and directed by Kevin Murray
A tale of a disillusioned housewife's discovery that her husband of 20 years is unfaithful - what to do? - the answer - create a fantasy lover. A lover that calls her on the phone, sends her flowers. Make him jealous. That should do the trick. This play won the 2010 Playwrights Assn. of N.Z. one act play competition. It's funny, it's witty.

Group B
Roleplay - Premiere
Written and directed by David Blakey
At a rehearsal of the TV soap Albert Street Law, Paul is directing Jason (his partner), Mark (nearing the end of his career as an actor and a womaniser), and Laura (prim and proper yet in love with Paul). After the rehearsal, they chat in little groups, and are joined by Richard, the gay and out assistant director. Secrets emerge, and the show's producer arrives just as all is revealed

The Spare Room - Premiere
Written and directed by Maggie Maxwell
Connie, recently widowed, advertises for a flatmate. Her elderly neighbour, gardener and friend thinks a female companion is just what Connie needs. When Julia moves in, a comfortable relationship quickly ensues, so why does Julia avoid Connie's son, Mark? And what has caused the rift between Mark and the old man next door?

Roman Fever - NZ Premiere
Written by Hugh Leonard from a short story by Edith Wharton and directed by Jocelyn McQuaid.
In the warm glow of an Italian afternoon in 1930, two wealthy American widows sit on the terrace of a restaurant overlooking the ancient wonders of Rome. They reminisce about their past friendship and remember a previous visit to the city when they were both young and in love. Now their hopes rest with the prospects of their unmarried daughters, who are both currently socialising elsewhere in the city. As the sun sets on the Coliseum, bitter jealousies come to light and age-old secrets are revealed.

Running time: 3 hours
Interval: 15 minutes (x2)

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