Capricorn Coast playwrights see work on stage this weekend
SIX local playwrights will have their work come to life this weekend with the Spirit of Anzac Short Play Festival on Friday, May 13 at 7.30pm and Saturday, May 14 at 2pm at the Yeppoon Town Hall.
Arts councillor Nigel Hutton said each play was devised at scriptwriting workshops in February with Sydney-based playwright Suzanne Hauser.
"The theme of the workshop was 'The Spirit of Anzac' and funding was received from the Regional Arts Development Fund towards this workshop," Cr Hutton said.
"Australia's national identity is saturated with images of horror and heroism from the First World War.
"Participants were encouraged to imagine what it would have been like for the Australian soldiers - wading through the dawn surf at Anzac Cove, sprinting into machine-gun fire at the Nek and cowering in the craters of no-man's-land on the Western Front.
"Each play is 10 minutes long and depicts the varied stories of adventures and misadventures of the Australian soldier in conflicts overseas and of those left behind in Australia.
"The series of fictional plays complements council's commemorations which also include the Livingstone Schools Centenary of ANZAC Art Project on show at the Yeppoon Town Hall as well as the recent opening of the Gatehouse at the Emu Park Memorial Precinct," Cr Hutton said.
Tickets (adult $15, concession $10) are available at Livingstone Shire Customer Service Centres at Yeppoon Town Hall and Emu Park Library.