Matt Dobson was a participant writer and actor in the 2010 Short+Sweet workshop.
Matt Dobson was a participant writer and actor in the 2010 Short+Sweet workshop. Contributed

Workshop transforms words

BUDDING local playwrights can learn how to keep it short and sweet at workshops organised in conjunction with the national short play festival, appropriately titled, Short+Sweet.

Rockhampton Regional Council has organised a weekend intensive playwriting workshop, to be held at The Haven, Emu Park on March 31 and April 1.

The aim is to help local playwrights create works suitable for the Short+Sweet format.

The workshop will be conducted by Alex Broun, artistic director of Short+Sweet, and Wesley Enoch, playwright and current artistic director of the Queensland Theatre Company.

Writers will learn techniques to develop their ideas into a short script with these industry professionals and then will see their script read and performed by local actors.

Chair of Rockhampton Regional Council's Community Development and Customer Service Committee, Cr Rose Swadling, said the Rockhampton region had many talented writers.

"I encourage local writers to take up this opportunity," Cr Swadling said.

Expressions of interest for this workshop close on Tuesday, March 13 and forms are available by phoning 4936 8344.

Cost is $220 which includes the workshop, accommodation and meals.

After the workshop, writers will be eligible to submit their play for production in the 2012 Rockhampton Short+Sweet to be held on June 22-23 at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre.

Billed as "the world's biggest little play festival" Short+Sweet features plays that are written on almost all topics imaginable - with the sole proviso that each must be no longer than ten minutes duration.

Short+Sweet has festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Malaysia, India and Rockhampton all featuring writers and actors local to those areas.

Five of the playwrights in the 2010 Rockhampton Short+Sweet had their plays produced and performed at the 2011 Sydney Short+Sweet festival.

 

IF YOU GO

What: Short+Sweet playwriting workshop

When: March 31 and April 1

Where: The Haven, Emu Park

More details: Phone 4936 8344



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