1) THE DEAD EX
Writer Vee Malnar
Director Louise Blackett
Geoff Michael Luckins
Jasmine Jessica Ohm
Emily Lili Blackett
Geoff has been looking for the right girl to settle down with, and finally brings Jasmine to his place. She is already smitten with Geoff and now the house is growing on her as well. However Geoff’s ex–girlfriend, who passed away some time ago, doesn’t want to let go.
Vee Malnar is a visual artist and playwright. She has won on numerous occasions at Crash Test, a ten minute play competition in Sydney and since 2010 she has been in every season of Short and Sweet, winning best overall production in the finals this year with her short play Moonage Daydream.
Louise has been involved in the world of theatre for most of her life, through her early years in Wagga as a performer and a period in Melbourne as a professional actress. Over the recent decades, she has devoted her time to teaching, directing and encouraging Wagga children to perform in plays for children. The Children’s Theatre Workshop has been her passion because she delights in bringing to the fore the many talents that so many children possess.
2) RETURN TO SENDER
WRITER Gerry Greenland
Director Tracey Leann Lonergan
Ray Tim Stait
Frank Luke Brown
Frank is making a name for himself in the professional boxing world. He hasn’t seen his Dad for years, and when he does there are old scores to settle.
Gerry writes for theatre, radio and screen. His awards include a Glen Eira Award: Best Drama Short and Sweet: Outstanding Contribution to Los Angeles Theatre; Best Theatre nomination by L A Stage and an AWGIE nomination. His plays are regularly performed around Australia and overseas. Longer plays include Waiting for Jamie Oliver, Vanny’s Letter, The Blood on Helmut Lange, Manifesto, Mission of Flowers and The Maintenance Room. He is co-founder
of Script-in-Hand, a script development group which has staged over 200 new scripts in moved readings by professional actors and directors.
TRACEY LEANN LONERGAN
Tracey is taking on the role of director after many years as a trained actress and member of SoACT. Directing is an exciting challenge to present a great play with a great cast for Wagga audiences to enjoy.
3) CRY FOR ME
Writer Peter Malicki
Director Peter Maliki
Alicia Mikaela Franco
Alicia’s proudest achievement is that she has a job…and what a job it is!
Peter Maliki is a fiction author, professional editor, arts administrator and award-winning playwright. His plays have won 16 major awards in national and international events and have been performed in 12 countries, including in the Edinburgh Fringe and on the West End. He runs the world’s largest short play festival, Short + Sweet Sydney and is the organisation’s Literary Manager. He also runs Crash Test Drama in Sydney and is the Producer of The Monologue Project. His work may be found on www.petemalicki.com.
4) FATE’S STEADY HAND
Writer Alex Broun
Director Logan Franklin
Richard Daniel Summerell
Sam Cody Fisher
Sam is standing in Richard’s office – and he’s only wearing one shoe. Why is Sam only wearing one shoe? An unexpectedly quirky comedy about love, fate and wearing one shoe.
One of the world’s most performed ten minute play playwrights, Alex has had no less than 100 different ten minute plays produced across the globe in over 1000 productions staged in over 35 countries. In 2012 his full–length play 10,000 Beers was nominated for an Australian Writer’s Guild Award (AWGIE) for Best Play. To read more of Alex’s work, please visit www.alexbroun.com.
Logan Franklin has lived in Wagga for 12 years and worked at the Wagga RSL club as a greenkeeper for 10 of these years. Logan has been involved in the Wagga theatre scene for five years, both backstage and acting. Logan is on the committee of SoACT and with this play, he is making his debut as a director and is happy to be part of 2014 Riverina Water Ten x 10 Playfest.
5) BRA IN THE CAR
Writer Heidi Silberman
Director Fay Walters
Rachael Jo Darby
Pip Tracy Osborne
Rickey Bill Turner
Marjorie Margaret Bannister
A catch up over coffee turns into a whodunnit with a difference when Rachael reveals to best friend Pip the sparkly bra she has found in her husband’s BMW.
Heidi Silberman is a Canberra based writer, director and performer. Her plays have been staged in Short + Sweet play festivals where she has also directed and performed. She has had pieces published in anthologies, including The Sound of Silence, which was awarded the 2012 ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Non-Fiction, and In God’s Hands, shortlisted for Caleb Award for Poetry in 2013. Heidi has created and directed improvised shows for Impro ACT including Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Homeward and Impro ACT’s first show for children Once Upon A…
Fay is a dedicated School of Arts director and actress. She is a life member of the organisation with a host of productions under her belt. Most recently, Fay directed Death of a Salesman, Hay Fever and Private Lives. Her last role acting on stage was Ten X 10 2014 Loving in the Park.
6) MISSING THE BUS
Writer Fiona Hamer
Director Irene Robson
Old Woman Irene Robson
Girl Charlotte Robson
Mother Britt Williams
Jamie Dominic Howard
What if you met your younger self? Could you persuade her not to make the Big mistake that ruined your life? Can you remember how it was to be that young girl on the edge of adult life, or frightened young mother? Could you learn to live with her choices?
Having started out as an assistant lizard catcher, Fiona Hamer has been a public servant, a documentary filmmaker, non-broadcast video producer and screenwriter. She has recently moved back to the family farm on the Murrumbidgee to plant trees for revegetation and to finish her novel. This is her second short play.
Irene Robson started acting and directing at the age of 11. She directed and acted in school plays, community theatre, university theatre and disability theatre. Irene’s most recent productions are Calendar Girls and Driving the Holden in 2013. Irene enjoys being a part of SoACT’s Ten x 10 Playfest.
7) SPEED DATING
Writer Kylie Rackham
Director Leah Ellis
Man Mitchell Diggins ( play all male roles)
Woman Anna Swift ( playing all female roles)
Is ten minutes long enough to get to know someone as a potential partner? And how much do you really need to know to begin? Speed Dating is a humorous look at a variety of undesirable individuals you might meet, and what happens when two people find a connection.
Kylie is a writer based in Melbourne, after years of improvisation experience with Impro Melbourne and the Court Jesters in Christchurch NZ , she turned to writing. Kylie has had a number of her ten minute plays performed in Short + Sweet including Waiting which was part of the top ten in Sydney’s Festival last year. Her one act play On The Edge scooped the pool at the one act play Festival circuit in 2012 in Victoria and a ten minute version of the same play won judges and audience choice awards at Eltham’s Ten Minute Quickies competition in 2012.
Leah is a vibrant young actress and director with great musical talent that makes her a very valuable asset to SoACT. This is the second Ten X 10 Playfest for which Leah has donned her director’s hat. Last year she directed The Moment. Leah made a huge impact on stage with her performance in Hairspray 2013.
8) THE MAN FROM HARRY’S
Writer John Tilbrook
Director Margaret Bannister
Angela Kristil-Rae Mobbs
Waiter Paul Flynn
Harry Tim Lancaster
Having just set up a new one-man business, Harry’s Online Breakup Agency, the man himself, on behalf of his first client, confronts the feisty Angela in a small restaurant. The assignment, however, doesn’t turn out at all as he had anticipated.
For John the inclusion this year of The Man from Harry’s in the Ten x 10 Playfest is the continuation of several months of extraordinary success with his playwriting. He has already had two of his short plays included in Short + Sweet this year, one as a wildcard in Sydney and another as a finalist in Manila, while another has been accepted as a finalist in Eltham Little Theatre’s 10 Minute Quickies. He has recently returned from Queenstown, NZ. Two of his plays were presented, in a pub setting, in Skycity Casino’s Pint-Sized plays. Pint-Sized is a spinoff of the Welsh festival in which two years ago Man From Harry’s was performed, coming third in the audience choice vote.
Margaret is a long time member of SoACT and her passion for theatre has involved her in many activities from front of house and backstage work to her current role as SoACT Treasurer. She was on stage last year in Hay Fever and this year played the secretary, Jenny, in Death of a Salesman. Margaret directed Coda in last year’s Ten x 10 Playfest and is happy to kept busy with two tasks this year, as director of The Man from Harry’s and as Marjorie in Bra in the Car, both of them fun plays.
9) THE UNEXPECTED
WRITER Greg Gould
Director Kristil – Rae Mobbs
Lisa Cassandra Nicholson
Jeannie Bethany Taylor
Robert Logan Franklin
Lisa is a wreck – she’s unexpectedly expecting and has no idea how to tell her husband. But then Jeannie breaks the unexpected news that she too is pregnant. They plan the future but Robert arrives home with unexpected news of his own.
Greg Gould is a Canberra based poet and playwright. His short plays have been performed in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Mumbai
Kristil-Rae Mobbs is a local lass who attended Kooringal High School and completed both a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Master of Education (IT) CSU Wagga. She has performed with RTC and SoACT in the past and was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year for Wagga Wagga in 2008, before leaving the next day for a teaching position in the Snowy Mountains region.
Over the past six years Kristil has been involved in ten productions with Cooma Little Theatre, including two CAT Award nominations for her role in Stepping Out and Time Flies. Kristil is home again and enjoying being a part of the SoACT family.
10) IMPERFECTLY FRANK
Writer Seth Freeman
Director Diana Lovett
Indira Sindhu Ravnita Sharma
Rajiv Sindhu Tim Stait
Frank Sindhu Liam Campbell
Julia Jaswani Saskia Salvestro
In trying to adapt the tradition of arranged marriage to today’s possibilities, a family’s best-laid plans spin wildly out of control.
Seth’s plays have been presented at over sixty-five theatres and festivals around the world. He has worked in print (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post), screen and television. His journalism, fiction, screen and television writing have won numerous awards. He travels frequently, and he also contributes his time to several international organisations involved in education, health care, women’s empowerment and human rights.
“Seeing characters evolve and scripts come alive is such an exhilarating experience for a director.” Diana coordinated the first SoACT Ten x 10 Play Festival titled Out of the Box. She directed Oliver for SoACT in 1993. And has directed for Newcastle Uni, Elbow Room, RTC, The Fun Factory and SoACT. She studied her Masters (Directing) at Newcastle University and studied the Meisner Technique in London at The Actors Temple. Recent performances include Boy from Oz and Freedom of the City
CREW AND CREATIVE PRODUCTION TEAM FOR RIVERINA WATER LOVE AND LIAISONS TEN X 10 PLAYFEST 2014
Festival Convenors Nancy Blacklow, Margaret Bannister
Production Manager Fay Walters
Stage Manager Peter Nicol
Assistant Stage Manager Jan Farndale
Sound Design David Font
Lighting Jordy Streckfuss, Jim Simlitzky
Sound Operator Neville Keane
Tech Support Deri Hadler
Set Design Fay Walters
Costumes Pam Buchanan
Props Jan Farndale
Crew Maddy Williams, Liam Campbell
Marketing Fay Walters
Front of House Manager Pam Buchanan
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE TEN X 10 PLAYFEST
Andrew Bell and Wagga RSL/Commercial Club Board
Wagga Commercial Club Staff
Sarah Holmes, Jarrod, and Mick at Quick Print
Wagga Daily Advertiser
Therese Crouch, Annette Young,
Kree Nash, Peter Mahoney
Carissa Campbell, Manager Civic Theatre Wagga
Box Office staff, Civic Theatre
Carol Slattery, City Regional Library
Michael Cummins, Hospital at Home
ABC Regional Radio
Rebel Sport Wagga
1) THE DEAD EX